Seeing construction underway may be a sign of a positive economy in some areas of Illinois. Construction workers are hired and paid to build the building, in addition to the possibility of a new business that may create new jobs. However, the potential dangers that face those involved with the construction phase of a project are often overlooked. Unfortunately, two out-of-state men are facing the realities of these dangers after they suffered a workplace injury in an accident at a construction site.
Some reports indicate that the men were working at the construction site of Sterling Cut Glass. Reportedly, the men were sub-contractors, apparently working on the building's electrical system. They were working on a lift approximately 20 feet from the ground when the lift fell, throwing the two men to the hard floor below.
Both men were transported to the hospital by helicopter. Although some reports indicate that they suffered serious injuries, they are expected to survive. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely conduct an investigation into the incident to determine if any health or safety standards were violated.
A workplace injury created in a fall such as this could created unexpected financial hardships for the men and their families. In addition to their medical bills, they will likely face lost wages. In some cases, injured workers are never able to return to work in the same capacity, limiting their earning ability. States such as Illinois require employers to provide workers' compensation coverage for their employees. Many people have found it helpful to seek guidance from those with experience navigating workers' compensation claims to ensure they receive all of the compensation to which they may be entitled.
Source: local12.com, "Workers hurt at Sterling Cut Glass' construction site in Erlanger", Dec. 26, 2014