Demolition work is inherently dangerous and most Illinois workers who earn their livings in the destruction industry understand the risks involved. However, their employers are obligated to provide proper training and safety equipment to lower their injury risks as much as possible. A project manager in another state suffered serious workplace injuries when a building blast went wrong and debris blew clear across the road.
When on-the-job accidents occur that land injured workers in the hospital, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration typically steps in to investigate. Investigations regarding the recent demolition accident remain ongoing at this time. The injured worker’s family and colleagues were recently grief-stricken when they learned that their loved one and co-worker succumbed to his injuries.
The man had ties to Illinois as he had owned and worked for companies in this state in the past 20 years. He was on-site at the Florida demolition project when the flying debris from the building blast malfunction struck him and severed his leg. One can only imagine the force with which debris from a crashing 13-story building would have on impact.
The only thing certain at this time regarding the exact details of the incident is that something went quite wrong; beyond that, investigators are working to come up with answers as to what exactly caused the disastrous malfunction. Fatal workplace injuries often cause families financial crises in addition to their emotional suffering. Illinois families facing similar circumstances may want to reach out for legal support regarding workers’ compensation claims and other options for legal recourse.