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.
Losing a loved one in a sudden, unexpected way can be so devastating to family, friends and more. One way that has and will unfortunately continue to happen to Cook County residents is when a loved one dies in a tragic accident due to construction negligence.
Accidents happen, or so they say. However, not all accidents are purely accidental. Some are based on the negligence of another, or the inability to take 'due care' and this directly impacting the well-being of another. When a worker suffers a fatality on the job, there will be an investigation to determine just what happened.
Construction workers are a common sight in Illinois, especially during the summer when construction workers and orange barrels seem to be ever-present. However, whether they are erecting a building, fixing a street or performing any other type of task involving heights, electricity and heavy machinery, it goes without saying that construction work can be dangerous work -- sometimes even leading to work-related deaths.
After a sudden and tragic accident, family members often face their worst fear with the passing of a loved one.
Workplace accidents, whether they cause serious harm and injuries or death, can have a significant and negative impact on victims and their families.
This blog recently discussed the importance of workers' compensation to victims of work-related accidents, which can include construction accidents. Workers injured on the job may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits for their medical expenses and lost earnings, which may help them and their family through a difficult time following a work-related injury or death.
Workers' compensation benefits can be helpful to workers and their families who find themselves in challenging situations following a workplace accident, injury or death. Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that can pay out benefits to injured workers and family members of workers killed in fatal workplace accidents.
Previous posts on this blog have discussed tragedies in which a construction worker or other workers in the Chicago area get seriously hurt or even die because of a motor vehicle accident in or around a construction zone. Many times, these accidents involve an inattentive motorist hitting a worker who is simply doing their job close to the road. These types of construction accidents are relatively common and are among the most common causes of work-related deaths at construction sites.
A highway worker died after a trucker struck him and then tried to leave the scene of the accident. The worker was on duty picking up trash at the time of the incident and was reportedly wearing a uniform designed to make the worker more visible.