Construction projects occur all over Illinois and there are many projects occurring at any given time. This means that there are also many construction workers working on these projects as well. Construction workers and their families rely on these jobs in order to support themselves and their families. However, in order to work and be able to earn an income, the workers must be healthy enough to work. If they are seriously injured or killed in a construction accident it can be very devastating.
Falls at a construction site may be fatal. But failure to provide protection against falls at construction sites topped the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's preliminary list of the 10 most cited violations from Oct. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019. This list also contained other violations of safety rules at construction sites which are not only illegal but also constitute construction negligence.
Extreme weather set record-high temperatures in June and July this year. Much of the country experienced temperatures approaching or above triple digits. This heat wave, in addition to changing the climate and causing ice melts, also joined construction negligence as causing construction fatalities.
Government agencies and safety advocacy groups have taken steps to combat construction negligence. A recent report showed that the number of construction fall deaths increased from 2011 to 2017. Falls are the top cause of construction deaths. From 2011 to 2017, all types of falls, slips and trips increased.
Illinois residents know that spring means the start of a busy road construction season. It can seem like every road around the state has some kind of construction going on with it. Drivers in Illinois need to understand the importance of driving safely as these construction workers have a dangerous job.
One 47-year-old male worker is dead, and four other workers have been injured, in a Chicago parking garage fire. On Saturday, December 29th, black smoke could be seen billowing from the top of the 10-story garage located in the River North district. At the time, a total of five people employed by a roofing contractor were in an elevator penthouse area performing winter preparations. The cause of the fire is still unknown. According to Chicago fire Battalion Chief Cynthia Herring, the four workers who survived were all transported to area hospitals in serious or critical condition.
Just like employees are expected to follow rules of their employer, employers are expected to follow rules set by the federal and state government. When it comes to worker safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets rules for employers to follow. This is a federally funded government body. Illinois also has requirements of employers.
When you kissed your loved one good-bye this morning, you never expected that would be the last time you'd see them. Sadly, this happens to too many Cook County families, especially construction workers, when they do not return home from a job. There are an infinite number of ways a person can be killed on a job site. For construction workers', a move towards zero work deaths has been an unattainable goal to date.