Three ironworkers were erecting a steel beam on Monday in Chicago when the beam collapsed injuring the workers. The accident happened at a West Loop construction site at Canal Street and Lake Street. The three workers fell 14 to 20 feet and a fourth worker was injured from falling debris. According to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesman, two bolts sheared off causing the beam to fall. All four of the workers were transported to area hospitals where three are listed in serious to critical condition and another in fair to serious condition.
According to OSHA, 796 people were killed while working on a construction site in 2013. Falls accounted for 294 of those deaths making it the major cause of construction fatalities. OSHA believes 468 lives can be saved each year in the United States if construction sites eliminate the "fatal four". Those four factors are falls, struck by objects, electrocutions, and being caught in or between objects or machinery. Victims of work place injuries have the right to file a workers' compensation claim. However, in Missouri workers' compensation benefits calculate lost wages at 66.6% of a workers' average weekly wage often leaving those injured struggling to make ends meet. Contacting a workers' compensation lawyer can help make up the difference in wages by recovering the maximum compensation.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth are experienced with workers' compensation cases, and can help you or someone you know who has been injured or killed in a work place accident. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed in Missouri and Illinois. We have logged thousands of hours on the phone with insurance companies and recovered millions of dollars for medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. We have over 95 years of combined experience. Please contact us at (314) 300-3000 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation assessment of your accident.
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