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Construction worker killed on Chicago-area worksite

Construction is one of the lodestars of the American economy, and states with great amounts of construction are often looking ahead to a bright future as the home of many profitable businesses. It is perhaps most important in the construction industry to maintain a safe workplace, as even minor issues on a construction site can cause severe injury or death.

Illinois worksites have their share of hazards, from the possibilities of motor vehicle collisions near roadwork to the dangers of heavy machinery in the construction of skyscrapers. Federal and state occupational safety guidelines help minimize the risk, but accidents can still happen.

The Chicago area recently experienced a loss when an excavator's bucket struck a 62-year-old construction worker in the head on a site recently. The man was pronounced dead after the accident, which was apparently caused by the machine's operator when his clothing became stuck on a lever.

The incident occurred in Hobart, down the shores of Lake Michigan from Chicago, where workers were replacing outdated sewer lines. The bucket pinned the worker against the wall of the in-ground worksite, and he was pronounced dead after emergency services responded.

Intoxication did not appear to be a factor in the accident, which may leave the machine operator and site operator liable to damages from the survivors of the fatally injured worker.

Victims of workplace accidents, and the survivors of those killed on the job may seek benefits from the workers' compensation system. If your claim is denied, an attorney can help you file an appeal.

Source: NBC 5 Chicago, "Worker Fatally Struck by Excavator Bucket When Operator's Clothing Snags on Lever: Police," Nov. 01, 2017

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