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Deadly construction accident results in $2.7 million settlement

A $2.7 million settlement was reached in a Cook County Circuit Court regarding a construction accident in Aurora, Illinois. One man was killed in the construction accident, and another seriously injured. The accident occurred at the site of a land development project, where the two men were sent to measure a soil pile blocking a future cul-de-sac. The 25-foot high soil pile collapsed and buried the men while they were measuring it, killing one 51-year-old worker and crushing the back and pelvis of the other, a 27-year-old man. The plaintiffs alleged that the injury causing measuring job was not a part of the written contract between the excavation company the men worked for and the road development company. The contract in question was not signed until after the accident.