An Illinois construction worker working on the roof of a Naperville hospital was injured on the job in an accident on Feb. 20. The man was working on a fourth story roof of the building in the morning hours when construction material landed on him.
A firefighter on the scene of the accident said that the man fell when the material hit him, but he did not fall all the way to the ground floor. An emergency rescue crew had to use a construction ladder as well as a Stokes basket attached to a construction crane in order to rescue him and lower him to safety. Altogether, sources state that the rescue effort took about 30 or 40 minutes to complete and required the efforts of a specialized rescue team. The man was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for his work-related injuries.
Employers are required to take steps to provide workers with a safe work environment. Because work material fell on this man and because he then fell as a result, he may be able to pursue a work-related injury claim based on the possibility that the materials were improperly secured and his work surface was not stable. This type of claim may be a worker's compensation claim or a personal injury claim in a civil court. Both of these options may provide him with financial compensation for his medical bills and lost wages.
Individuals who have been injured in a work-related accident may pursue financial compensation from their injuries. Compensation may ease the financial burden that may be experienced as a result of an injury. A workers' compensation lawyer can help victims of these accidents explore their options.
Source: Daily Herald, "Crews use crane to rescue injured worker at Edward Hospital," Marie Wilson, Feb. 20, 2013