Winter time is an especially popular time for outdoor sports, such as skiing and snowboarding. Thanks to its often-snowy conditions, Illinois, including the Chicago area, offers many options for winter sports fanatics, including cross country ski trails, ice-skating rinks and outdoor ski parks as attractions for the local communities. However, if there are not proper supervision or safety regulations in place at these facilities, both employees and patrons can face many hazards.
According to one article by the Algonquin-Lake in the HIlls Patch, a teenage employee was admitted to the intensive care unit of a local hospital after an accident at the Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park. Reports indicate that the employee’s arm got stuck in a “roller brush” that cleans snow from the ski conveyor lift. Firefighters had to cut the machinery apart to free the worker.
There are no current reports showing what caused the work accident to occur but the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident to determine if there were any safety violations, if the employee had been adequately trained, and if the machinery at issue had the proper safety mechanism to lock out while being serviced.
All employees have the right to a safe workplace. Employers have a duty to provide workers with safe tools and machinery, proper training, and safety procedures and rules in place to prevent serious injuries. When employers fail to provide a safe work environment and an employee is injured or killed, the employer can be held liable for such negligence because it is the duty of employers to keep employees safe and free from potential or known dangers.
Our attorneys are experienced in premises liability lawsuits, including workplace accidents. For instance, our attorneys recovered $600,000 in a settlement for an HVAC foreman who suffered a permanent and life-changing back injury after tripping over equipment in a dangerous workplace. We also recovered $840,000 in a settlement for another man who was injured on the job and required multiple spinal surgeries as a result of the accident.
If you have suffered serious injuries due to an unsafe workplace, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to hold your employer liable for your injuries. Through a lawsuit you could recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering. Call our firm for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you obtain the justice that you deserve.