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Construction negligence and the 'Fatal Four'

Construction work is a common sight during the summer in Illinois. Whether they are fixing a road or erecting a building, many people in Illinois and nationwide work in the construction industry. Through the sweat of their brow, these men and women maintain our cities, contributing significantly to the economy as a whole. It is important work.

Deerfield worker killed in riding lawnmower incident

When a person says goodbye to his or her loved ones as he or she heads out to work in the morning, there is no reason to expect that the person will never return. However, workplace hazards exist in many professions, exposing individuals to danger and the possibility of a work-related death, as one recent incident shows.

What are some causes of construction worker injuries in Illinois?

Construction workers in Illinois build our buildings, maintain our roads and repair infrastructure as needed. We rely on construction workers to do their jobs, but their jobs are not safe ones. Working at great heights or with heavy machinery can lead to disaster, especially if a construction worker's employer tries to cut corners with regards to safety. Let's explore some of the ways construction workers can be injured on the job.

Construction worker injured in fall north of Chicago

Workers and their families are protected in circumstances of workplace accidents. In a nearby community north of Chicago, a steelworker was recovering from a fall from the seventh floor to the sixth floor of a courthouse building under construction. A construction crane had to be used to transport the man to the ground floor where he could be placed on an ambulance. The high-angle rescue, along with the use of a basket to remove the construction worker, was utilized by emergency personnel. The construction worker was immobilized and transported to a local medical care facility. His injuries were considered non-life threatening.

Man installing sign dies in fatal construction accident

Any type of construction work in Illinois and throughout the U.S. carries with it a certain amount of risk. Some jobs are more dangerous than others, but, in general, those who are working on a construction site in any capacity must be fully aware of their surroundings to avoid a fatal construction accident. When there is an unfortunate incident and a worker dies, an investigation is imperative to determine whether the accident happened due to construction negligence, a mistake on the part of those working on the site, weather conditions, or for any other reason. With the death of a worker in the course of employment, the investigation can be key to pursuing compensation in a legal filing.

Fatal construction accident statistics show increase

Construction workers in Illinois and across the nation are aware of the litany of dangers they inevitably face on the job. The sheer nature of the work lends itself to a certain amount of risk of injury and even death of a worker in the course of employment. Regardless of the cause of the accident and death, it is important that those who have been affected understand how to pursue compensation after the fact.

Relatives working on cables involved in work-related accident

There are types of jobs in Illinois that carry with them the inherent dangers of a work-related accident taking place. This might have to do with construction negligence if that is the kind of job the person is doing, but there are numerous other jobs, physical and not, that can lead to an accident. Working with dangerous materials or electricity can cause injury. In a worst case scenario, this might result in worker death. The family that has suffered the loss of a loved one must make certain that they are fully aware of their rights to pursue compensation in a legal filing.

Man delivering pipe dies in fatal work-related accident

While many workers in Illinois might have jobs that include a certain amount of risk if not outright danger, they may not expect that they will go to work and not come home. Unfortunately, accidents will happen and it can result in the death of a worker in the course of employment. Whether this is due to construction negligence or happened for any other reason, it is important that the family left behind protects themselves with legal advice to determine if there is cause to move forward with a case for the fatal work-related accident.

Steps employers should take to avoid a work-related accident

It is an unfortunate reality that workers in Illinois and throughout the United States can be injured or killed in a work-related accident. Understanding the frequency of certain injuries, the types of injuries that can result, and the highest risk factors associated with workplace accidents can assist when trying to take precautions. Sometimes, though, these tragic accidents happen anyway. When the worst case scenario comes to pass and a worker dies, his or her surviving family needs to be cognizant of any mistakes the employer might have made when it came to safety so they can address whether or not legal action is justified.

Falling beam leads to worker death on Illinois construction site

It is not unusual to see a variety of construction projects underway in the Illinois area. These are vital to the economy in providing jobs. The buildings that are constructed have multiple uses for both the public and private sector. One issue that is largely overlooked during these large scale operations is how dangerous they can be. Heavy machinery, large tools and massive building materials must be used and, unfortunately, there are times when some companies exhibit construction negligence causing a fatal construction accident. Those who have been affected need to know their rights.

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