Chicago Construction Accident Lawyer

Construction Site Accidents

James Quigley, 37, died in 2012 at a construction site on the far south side of Chicago. Officials said Quigley was one of a team of workers who were putting in a steel beam for a bridge when the beam slipped and fell on his head. The accident occurred in the Hegewisch neighborhood. Although Quigley was transported quickly to a nearby hospital, he was pronounced dead there.

This tragic accident is one of many that occur all too often at construction sites in the Chicago area. Construction work is one of the most dangerous and hazardous jobs in the world.

Even though conditions at construction sites are regulated by the state of Illinois and the federal department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), accidents frequently occur. In 2010, more than 10,000 construction workers were injured as a result of falling while working from heights. More than 250 workers were killed in falls that year, out of 774 total fatalities, according to one OSHA report.

OSHA has advised employers on ways to keep their sites safe by taking three steps: plan, train and provide.

PLAN. Employers are asked to examine a work area before any employees arrive, paying particularly close attention to the use of ladders and scaffolds. They should be aware that any work done on a roof is especially hazardous. Supervisors should begin by deciding how the job will be done, what tasks will be involved, and what safety equipment may be required. When estimating the cost of any job, contractors should include necessary safety equipment and plan to have all the equipment and tools available at the construction site at all times.

TRAIN. Every employee at a construction site should be trained to use equipment safely. According to OSHA, injuries can be prevented when workers understand the proper use of equipment. Supervisors must also train employees in the use of scaffolds, ladders, fall protection systems, and any other tools they might encounter on the job.

PROVIDE. To avoid falls, which are often the cause of serious work injuries, employers are required to provide personal fall arrest systems. Workers who are six feet or more above ground or other surfaces are at risk of injury or even death in the event of a sudden fall.

Those working in construction know the risks that cause death or injury to hundreds of thousands of workers in the United States each year. All around us in Chicago we see new construction rising in the Loop and to the far reaches of the city. These Chicago construction workers are subject to many risks of on-the-job injury.

The nature of construction exposes construction workers to potentially life threatening accidents on a daily basis. Some typical construction site injuries are:

Falling off a scaffold or ladder and fracturing several bones;

Over-exerting while lifting a heavy object resulting in back strain;

Being struck by an object and suffering a concussion;

Losing a finger while operating dangerous machinery;

Being exposed to dangerous chemicals or gases.

Many construction sites are not as safe as they should be. Many construction site accidents can be prevented if the developer/owner were to enforce safety practices. And while this isn't always the reality, each site has to be properly managed in accordance with legal standards, including Illinois law and those of OSHA.

If you have suffered an injury at a construction site, it is possible that OSHA has already investigated the very problems that led to the incident. Although it is not easy to get OSHA information, our lawyers have experience in handling these cases and are able to collect all of the important information to place responsibility with your developer/owner.

If you have been involved in a construction/workplace accident, please contact us. Kreisman Law Offices has more than 40 years of experience in the workplace injury and construction site accident cases. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a construction site accident, please call us 24 hours a day at (312) 346-0045 or toll free (800) 583-8002 for a free and immediate consultation, or complete a contact form online.

Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blawg - Construction Accidents
Client Reviews
“We were devastated when our 31 year-old son was killed by a negligent driver. Kreisman Law Offices did everything to help us through this very difficult time, including coming out to the house several times which was a comfort. My wife and I were extremely pleased with Mr. Kreisman’s compassion and care for this very tragic and troubling time.”
★★★★★
“Bob Kreisman did everything possible in handling the trial of this case. It was devastating that I traumatically lost my leg above the knee in this truck accident. However, it was not an easy case to win. His staff was so prepared for the trial that it was not surprising that the settlement offers continued to rise until we finally accepted the multi-million settlement while the jury was still deciding the case. My wife and I were delighted that we could secure our future with this settlement. We thank Mr. Kreisman and his incredible staff for working so hard for our benefit.” T.P.
★★★★★
“My mother died because doctors dropped the ball. I called Robert Kreisman and he immediately set up an appointment for my entire family. We met at his offices and I was very comfortable that he would do the best for my dad and my brothers. He spent hours with all of us in preparing for depositions and he hired top notch experts, all of which contributed to an incredible settlement before trial. I know that he is dedicated to his cases and particularly to the people he works for and the people who work with him. He continues to be generous in contributing annually to my mother’s memory and to make known to the public the signs and symptoms of brain tumors.” V.S.
★★★★★
“My dad was ignored and mistreated at the nursing home that we placed him in. It didn’t take long for us to realize that we made a big mistake, particularly after my dad developed these terrible bedsores. We transferred him as we were contacting Mr. Kreisman. He was referred to us by a lawyer we have known for a long time and respect his opinion. Mr. Kreisman and his staff worked tirelessly to resolve this case. We were fortunate to have his services and will recommend him to anyone.” T.J.
★★★★★