Safety procedures, policies and equipment are a worker's best friend when on a job site. To remain in compliance with regulatory agencies, most employers must perform regular safety training sessions with employees. Despite increased safety awareness, serious construction workers' accidents still occur in Illinois. Ironically, one serious accident occurred minutes following a safety meeting on a job site.
An old building was being converted into a hotel, and crews were performing demolition to prepare it for construction. Apparently, the injured worker was part of an asbestos removal crew and was on scaffolding when the accident occurred. Although official accident investigation reports have not be completed or reported, the employer suspects that the accident may have occurred from a simple latch malfunction on a gate on the scaffolding. Whatever the reason for the accident, the worker fell approximately 15 feet and injured his head.