Injury Lawyer News: Construction Worker Falls From Roof
Work Compensation - June 18, 2014
Falls have long held the top spot as the most common cause of construction injuries. Equipment World argues that they are also the most preventable type of accident. In fact, most falls could be averted by using proper railings, harnesses and other safety equipment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) often cites employers who fail to take the proper precautions. Now, the agency is organizing a Fall Prevention Campaign, designed to spread awareness about the issue.
If all employers followed OSHA regulations, the number of construction accidents could decrease by as much as 30 percent. Many construction workers aren’t worried about working on a ladder or on the second story of a building, but even short falls can prove deadly if the worker lands on his or her head.
Chicago Construction Accident
CBS Chicago reports that a local construction worker fell while on the roof of a building and died. Authorities believe that he fell through a hole in the roof that wasn’t marked. He fell approximately 35 feet and died on impact.
OSHA regulations require employers to properly mark holes and install railings to prevent falls of this nature. Unfortunately, some business skirt these regulations in an attempt to save time.
Worker Dies After Construction Accident in a Hotel
According to the LA Times, a construction employee was working on the third story of a hotel building when he fell out of a window. The man was dead by the time emergency personnel arrived. Initial reports relayed few specifics about the situation, but more recent ones suggest that the man was trying to avoid a moving cart.
The cart struck him, forcing him out of the third story window. Soon after the accident, federal investigators with OSHA began inspecting the scene to determine whether or not safety violations played a role in the accident.
If the man’s employers acted negligently, they could face severe fines.
If you’ve been injured while working construction in Chicago, you’ll need an experienced injury lawyer to help you pursue compensation through a workers’ comp claim, or even a civil lawsuit, depending on the situation.
At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, we have decades of experience, as well as a strong record of success in the courtroom. To arrange a free consultation with an injury attorney in Chicago, call us today at (800)-985-1819.
Man Dies in Forklift Accident on Construction Site
Falls are certainly not the only hazard facing construction workers. The machinery that they use every day is extremely dangerous when not used correctly. A recent story from WABITV News reminds us all how dangerous construction vehicles can be.
Scott W. MacDonald was standing in front of a forklift when the vehicle’s prongs suddenly fell, crushing him. Authorities say that he died instantly. He was moving granite slabs, and it’s not clear whether the prongs were carrying a load at the time of the construction accident.
Whether you’ve suffered an injury after a fall or during a crushing accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries. At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, we are here to help fight your legal battle.
To speak with an experienced Chicago injury lawyer about your construction accident, please call us at (800)-985-1819.