Construction workers in Illinois and across the country risk their lives on construction sites each day. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into a construction site accident in a neighboring state. The incident left a construction worker with a serious head injury. If OSHA investigators find that noncompliance with safety standards led to the event, the employer will likely be cited and a fine proposed.
According to the police department, an emergency was reported at approximately 10 a.m. on a Thursday earlier this month. Upon arrival at the construction site, rescue personnel found an injured 26-year-old man at the third floor level of the building, which is under construction. Reportedly, a section of prefabricated concrete walling fell over, landing on top of the worker. Rescue workers say he suffered several crushing injuries.
Paramedics transported the injured construction worker to a trauma center for treatment of his injuries. They reported that they found the man bleeding from his nose, mouth and leg. Although his head injury was described as significant, it was not deemed life-threatening.
Construction workers in Illinois face similar hazards on a daily basis. Any victim of a construction site accident in Illinois is likely eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Sometimes, long-term problems can follow a head injury, and medical bills could become overwhelming. With the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney, the claims process can be simplified, and chances of obtaining maximum compensation under applicable state laws can be increased. If such an injury caused a temporary or permanent disability, additional benefits might be awarded.