Worker Injured By Falling Bricks At East Randolph Building In Chicago

Chicago Worker Removing Incinerator Injured In Accident Involving Falling Bricks At Downtown Chicago East Randolph Building

Worker Injured In Accident At East Randolph Building In Chicago

CHICAGO, CALIFORNIA (June 11, 2023) – A worker was injured in Near East Side, Chicago at the East Randolph building after being hit by falling debris and duct work.

Cook County officials are saying that the accident took place on Monday afternoon. The worker was removing an old incinerator from the condo when he was hit by falling bricks and duct work.

Paramedics were called to the East Randolph building in order to help the injured worker. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in order to receive treatment.

A full investigation into the accident at the East Randolph building remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Near East Side, Chicago Construction Accidents

Accidents involving falling debris that hits workers remain alarmingly common. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “In 2019, struck-by incidents by vehicles accounted for 47% of all construction fatalities, while struck-by incidents by a falling object accounted for 27% of the struck-by fatalities in the same year.” Employers should take a number of measures to protect workers from falling debris.

  • Risk Assessment: Employers should conduct a risk assessment to identify areas where falling debris is a potential hazard.
  • Worksite Design: Employers should incorporate certain design elements to prevent falling debris from hitting workers. This may include installing toeboards, guardrails, and debris nets.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Employers should provide workers with PPE such as hard hats.

Depending on the facts of any case, there could be numerous sources of liability for any instance when a worker is injured by a falling brick or some other type of debris. Construction projects are typically made up of a blend of different companies that must work together to accomplish some common goal. A general contractor could be held liable for failing to maintain a worksite in a safe condition. Many construction accidents involve OSHA violations.

A building owner could also be liable if a worker is injured. Pursuant to Illinois Civil Code (740 ILCS 130/1), property owners must maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. When a property owner has actual or constructive notice of a dangerous condition with their property, they must take action to remedy the danger. In particular, property owners must take several steps to prevent anyone from being hit by falling bricks.

  • Property owners should conduct regular inspections of the building’s facade.
  • Property owners should address any signs of wear and tear on the exterior of a building.
  • Property owners should identify and secure loose bricks using appropriate methods.

It can be hard to know where to begin after any workplace accident. It is common for victims to suffer very serious injuries that result in high medical bills. Workers may need to take extensive time away from their jobs. It is always a good idea to seek a medical evaluation after any accident. Many injuries may not be immediately obvious. Any person who is injured while working may be able to seek aid through a civil claim.

Investigating Chicago Construction Accidents

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the worker injured at the East Randolph building. It is our sincere hope that he will be able to make a full recovery. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong so that similar incidents can be prevented.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Chicago construction accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of construction accident attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and justice that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.