Illinois construction workers may be interested in one man's horrible day at work. The man suffered a serious injury and could have lost his life if it had not been for the quick actions of a nearby officer. Construction workers' accidents like this one are most often eligible for workers' compensation benefits to cover medical costs and loss of income following an injury.
The process of obtaining construction permits and the regulatory agencies in Illinois exist to help maintain the safety of workers and the stability of structures. One states division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently fined and cited a construction company for multiple violations. The inspection and investigation of the company occurred after a worker suffered fatal injuries in one of the year's tragic construction workers' accidents.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration was formally established by Congress in the 1970s to help promote safe work environments for workers in Illinois and across the country. OHSA may be requested to investigate the safety of work environments by employees or employers, and the federal agency performs mandatory investigations when serious construction workers' accidents occur. Sadly, OHSA is investigating the death of a construction worker in another state.
Some Illinois families of workers in the construction industry may be unaware of the risks their loved ones face on daily basis at work. Unfortunately, there are multiple risks that can cause construction workers' accidents that can result in serious injuries or death for an employee. Sadly, one family is grieving after their loved one suffered an apparent electrocution.
Typically, the human is no match for a moving and much larger vehicle. Most people who are struck by a vehicle suffer serious injuries and/or death. The state of Illinois has passed laws encouraging vehicles to slow down in construction zones and to move over when employees are completing a job along the side of a road. Construction workers, tollway maintenance workers, state police and first responders are in danger every time they exit a vehicle and have to complete a job near moving vehicles. Sadly, a worker has become a victim of one of the state's recent construction workers' accidents.
The field of construction poses all sorts of dangers for workers. The tools, the work site and the large machinery can all result in construction workers' accidents. Workers who complete work on the Illinois roadways have additional risks involved in their work. Because most roads remain open to some traffic while work is completed, workers are at risk of being struck by a vehicle at any time. Sadly, a worker in another state has become another victim after being struck by a vehicle that traveled into the construction zone.
Including back when large buildings such as pyramids and palaces were being constructed, workers have been asked to perform incredible lifting jobs of heavy stone and materials. A lot has changed over the years with how building occurs, including improved safety and equipment to assist with large projects. Despite improved safety, construction workers' accidents still occur. Illinois readers may be interested in one crew's recent job and the unexpected outcome that occurred.
With most schools on summer breaks, construction work on Illinois roadways is in high gear. Work must be completed on all roadways every year to ensure the safety and functionality for all motorists as they travel. Because most roads remain partially open to some traffic as work is being completed, there is an increased chance for construction workers' accidents. Workers that have been injured on-the-job may be interested in one accident that occurred to a construction crew in a nearby state.
The employers of construction workers in Illinois may not always inform employees of all their rights. They might not realize that workers compensation benefits are not their only option for financial relief after construction workers' accidents. Even if injured victims file workers' comp claims, they might have grounds to also file civil lawsuits against third parties like manufacturers of defective equipment or negligent employees of other companies.
Despite safety gear and a safe job sites, work site fatalities continue to occur in Illinois and across the country. A recent construction accident in a nearby state has resulted in an expert raising an alarm about the number of construction workers' accidents that occur nationwide. The accident was related to a fall on the job site that resulted in two deaths and another injury.