A construction worker has been identified after he was killed while on the job at a construction site on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. The worker was killed when a beam on the site fell from six stories up in the air and hit him, causing fatal head and chest injuries. The beam was knocked loose when a construction crane struck the beam, knocking it off where it had been positioned unsecured.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the victim was immediately rushed to NorthShore University Hospital, however he was pronounced dead as a result of his severe personal injuries about an hour and forty five minutes after the workplace accident occurred. The beam did not strike any of the other construction workers and no one else was injured.
OSHA is investigating the accident to further determine what exactly happened to lead to the accident, which includes interviewing all witnesses, interviewing the victim’s employer and checking out the scene of the accident to try to better understand the horrible accident. The investigation could take up to six months according to OSHA representatives, as it is crucial to try to understand the accident so better precautions may be taken to insure another workplace accident like this does not happen again.
The construction company is Power Construction Company based out of Schaumburg and the victim was an employee of that company. The investigation will also attempt to determine if this was an unforeseeable accident or if it was caused by any negligence on the part of Power Construction Company, any of the company’s workers or any other party present at the jobsite. It is important to investigate whether any parties involved acted negligently, because if so those responsible should be held liable for their actions.
If there is evidence of negligence on the part of anyone, or any company, involved the family of the victim may choose to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against that person or company. A wrongful death lawsuit is an option for the family of a victim of a death that was caused by someone’s negligence or mistake that should not have occurred. The family may ask for monetary damages to cover the costs related to the death (funeral, hospital expenses, etc.) as well as compensatory damages to compensate them for their loss. Compensatory damages may be damages such as lost wages for the victim or other money that the family would have had if the accident had not occurred. In cases of extreme negligence or willful misconduct the family of the victim may also be entitled to punitive damages, which are monetary damages that are aimed as a “punishment” to the party responsible in order to make them pay for what they have done.
If your loved one was killed as a result of someone’s negligence, please contact our Chicago office today to discuss the situation and see if there are legal remedies available to you and your family. If the reason your loved one is no longer with you is the direct result of someone else’s negligence, they should be held liable for their actions and your family should be compensated for the terrible loss.