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.
Federal lawmakers recently re-introduced a bill that they hope will prevent combustible dust accidents in the workplace. The dangers of combustible dust have received widespread attention over the past five years since a sugar factory explosion in the south that killed 14 people and injured many more.
The relatives of a Cook County man filed a wrongful death suit last year against the company where he was temporarily employed. According to their claim, the company was negligent in failing to prevent an accident that resulted in fatal burns over much of the man's body.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a preliminary list of their top 10 most violated safety standards for fiscal year 2012, which ran from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sep. 30, 2012.
A recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health found that white construction workers received substantially higher settlements for workers' compensation claims than Hispanic or black workers with similar injuries.
A new study by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit public policy organization, has determined that states with low nonfatal injury rates have high fatal injury rates and vice versa. In addition, the study highlights that the construction industry generally has a higher fatal injury rate than any other industry.