Construction work in Illinois can be a rewarding profession. New homes and businesses often require construction workers. Additionally, renovation work, like that being completed at a Vernon Hills mall, requires the expertise of the construction worker. Along with the sense of accomplishment in seeing the job completed, construction work can also prove to be hazardous. An Illinois construction worker was recently injured on the job and died as a result of his injuries.
Renovations are currently underway at a local mall in Vernon Hills. According to reports, constructions workers were removing some of the brick from an exterior part of the mall. During the process, concrete fell from above them and landed on three of the crew members.
Before rescue personnel could arrive, other members of the construction crew had cleared the concrete pieces off of the men. One of the men received only minor injuries. Another crew member required transportation to a local hospital for treatment The third worker was also transported to the hospital; however, he sustained internal injuries and did not survive the accident.
In Illinois, as well as other states, when an employee is killed or seriously injured on the job, OSHA will investigate the accident. Regardless, one family is grieving a tragic loss, and other families are most likely concerned about their loved one’s well-being. In order to navigate the overwhelming expenses and other issues that must be considered, these families may want to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of their legal rights and how to best protect their family during this tragic time.
Source: dailyherald.com, Worker dies from injuries at Vernon Hills mall, Bob Susnjara, Dec. 27, 2013