There are many workers and laborers, such as construction workers or highway crews, in Illinois who work in dangerous positions and put their lives on the line. However, just because they selflessly work to benefit the rest of the community, does not mean that their jobs should be any more dangerous than they should be. Employers owe these workers a duty of care to provide safety equipment and a hazard-free working environment and to prevent construction accidents.
According to the Pantagraph, a man from Bloomington, Illinois recently fell to his death at his work. The McLean County coroner reported that this fall caused him to suffer fatal skull and brain injuries. The individual was working on a construction site placing siding on a portion of a house when he fell. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are currently investigating this workplace accident.
Unfortunately, according to the Occupation Safety and Hazard Administration, lack of protection for worksite falls is ranked the number one violation for Illinois. This is for a worksite where a n employee has scaled over 10 feet high. Furthermore, 16% of violations were listed as repeat violations, which means that the same company was cited for the same violation during the past three years but continued to create the same hazards for workers.
Employers are responsible for the safety of employees and must continually inspect worksite conditions for existing or potential hazards, but many companies continue to be cited for safety violations. According to the same article, OSHA elaborated that employers often fail to take safety precautions where they feel the “job was only going to take a minute.” However, no matter how short the length of the job may be, our firm understands that safety of the employee should always come first. No job is more important the safety and life of an individual who should be properly protected from worksite dangers.
Our Chicago accident attorneys empathize that construction site injuries can be severe and life altering to both the victim and their family members. Such injuries not only cause emotional suffering for all involved, but burden victims and families with significant medical bills and lost wages. When an injury or death is the fault of another, such as when an employer fails to have safety precautions in places, victims or families may be able to make claims and hold the employer liable for losses and injuries. Call our firm for a free consultation, and we can discuss your situation with you and determine if you have a legal cause of action. Our firm is experienced in personal injury and construction accident lawsuits since 1992, and may be able to help you seek compensation for your hardship and obtain the justice you deserve.