Posts tagged "Construction Accidents"
One of the most dangerous elements of working on a construction site is being around vehicles and machinery that are backing up. Those in charge of construction sites have a responsibility to ensure that workers who are operating these vehicles and machinery exercise caution when putting their equipment in reverse. All workers should also be trained to take care when working around moving vehicles.
People who work in road crews doing construction on interstates and tollways around Chicago have some of the most dangerous jobs there are. Aside from the usual dangers involved in working in any construction area, they face the threat of distracted, impaired and just plain reckless motorists.
Electrocutions are the third most common reason for construction worker deaths -- accounting for 10 percent of them. Many are the result of live wires around and above construction sites. As with most on-the-job injuries and fatalities, they're often preventable with training, planning and proper equipment.
While construction work slows down here in Illinois during our brutal winters, it doesn't come to a halt. Some projects still have to move forward. However, employers need to take some additional precautions to protect their employees from extreme cold, strong freezing winds and icy conditions.
A construction site in suburban Chicago turned deadly earlier this month when a steel beam fell some 30 feet and struck two workers. A 55-year-old man died and his 27-year-old co-worker was critically injured.
As we recently discussed, construction workers whose jobs put them on Illinois interstates and expressways are at considerable risk of injury by negligent, reckless and impaired motorists. Recently, some Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) workers actually detained an alleged drunk driver until Illinois State Police (ISP) could get to him.
Construction workers whose jobs place them on or along Illinois' tollways and expressways have among the most dangerous jobs there are. Not only are they working with heavy, potentially dangerous equipment, but they're near or in the midst of fast-moving traffic. While drivers are instructed to slow down when approaching construction areas, not everyone heeds those directions.
While the Chicago area's brutal weather limits the number of outdoor construction projects during the winter months, many of them have to move forward. That means construction workers have to deal with a number of additional challenges because of the cold weather. These include things like digging through frozen ground and treating concrete with calcium chloride so that it can cure properly.
In September 2017, construction work was underway on a hotel in Waukegan. One of the workers hired for carpentry on the project suffered a devastating construction accident in which he fell 20 feet to the ground. Six days later, the carpenter died from what were described as "catastrophic injuries."
Illinois citizens lucky enough to have found gainful employment in the construction industry will make many sacrifices to hold onto their jobs. Unfortunately, we have learned that personal safety is often one of these sacrifices. We know that Americans need their jobs to provide their families with life's basic needs. However, if you suffer catastrophic injuries or die in a construction accident, your family will be left to fend for itself.