Every day millions of construction workers put their lives on the line, and unfortunately many suffer injuries. Construction accidents are especially unfortunate if they occur because contractors, construction companies, or other workers have not taken proper safety measures to protect valued employees. Workers deserve to work in a safe environment and to be free from foreseen dangers, and employers owe a duty of care to its employees to be free from dangers, have safety equipment, and to work safely in their working environment. That is why special laws are in place to protect the health and safety of construction workers.
A Chicago suburban Palos Park native was killed in a worksite accident in Vernon Hills last week, according to the Chicago Tribune. The victim was a demolition crew member who died as a result of being struck by falling concrete when part of a wall collapsed at the demolition site where he was working. According to reports, a crew of workers was knocking down an exterior wall of the Westfield Hawthorn Mall. When they were removing an outer layer of brick, concrete pieces fell from the top of the wall and hit three workers. The federal Occupation Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident. Federal investigators have been inspecting the site to determine if proper safety procedures were followed by the company.
OSHA requires workplaces to provide a safe and healthy working environment. Management should regularly conduct health and safety meetings that involves employees, managers, and supervisors. Management should also maintain consistent worksite analysis to ensure health and safety. This include reevaluating and updating policies for workplace activities where materials and machinery. There should also be consistent and regular inspections, and upon identifying any hazards, management needs to take corrective actions.
If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed at a construction site, you may be able to seek benefits and make claims against the involved parties. Injuries and fatalities resulting from construction accidents cause trauma not only to the individual involved but for families as well. Not only are personal injuries and emotional hardships suffered, but medical bills and lost wages from inability to work bear a costly financial burden as well. Our attorneys empathize with victims and their families, and our vast experience in injury lawsuits allows us to help clients recover fair and reasonable verdicts and settlements. Our Chicago accident attorneys can discuss your options with you in a free consultation so that you can decide the best legal course of action to take.