Construction sites can be dangerous places. Unstable ground, unfinished walkways and moving machinery and other hazards can easily lead to serious accidents. Sometimes construction sites can be scenes of car and truck accidents.
The Chicago area is one of the largest metropolitan sprawls in America, with millions of residents and commuters in the area on any given day. The result? A whole lot of construction, which may be an annoyance to some people but which is obviously necessary. New buildings, new roads, remodeling - all are necessary, for the most part. Unfortunately, this means that most days thousands of construction workers are in danger due to potential accidents that can occur on the job.
Illinois residents are used to seeing construction projects around town, as recent economic conditions have allowed investors and developers to pursue new buildings, both residential and commercial. But, it can take quite a few workers to make those developments a reality and, unfortunately, those workers may be in harm's way each day they report to the construction site. If an accident occurs on a construction site, what are the legal options for injured workers?
Our readers may have seen the reports about a recent construction accident in a nearby Illinois community west of the Arlington Heights area that left one construction worker dead and another construction worker injured. One worker was killed and the second worker was critically injured when a steel beam fell on them at the construction site. A crane was being used to unload steel beams at the site at the time of the construction accident. The beam was approximately 30 feet in the air when the crane failed and the beam dropped.
Workers can suffer serious injuries in workplace accidents and construction workers can be at even more risk of suffering harm in a construction accident. Because construction accidents can threaten the livelihood of injured workers, it is important for injured workers to be familiar with their legal protections and rights.