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Construction worker killed, 3 others injured after bridge beam falls




DES PLAINES, Ill. (Salvi Law) – A major construction accident clogged traffic on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway Tuesday morning.

According to a report from ABC7 Eyewitness News, a construction worker was killed and three others were hurt after a 45-ton bridge beam fell along I-90 over Touhy Avenue in northwest suburban Des Plaines. Des Plaines Police Chief Bill Kushner said the beam “slipped during the lifting process” of a construction project on the bridges of I-90.

The three injured construction workers were all taken to area hospitals, treated, and released.

Sadly, fatal workplace injuries are all too common. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 4,600 fatal workplace injuries were recorded in the United States in 2014. Additionally, fatal injuries were higher in construction workers from 2013 to 2014. A total of 708 people were killed in 2014 as a result of coming in contact with objects or equipment.

MORE DETAILS | Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we stand up for the rights of injured construction workers and their families. We work hard to hold developers and contractors accountable for the harm that workers suffer due to unsafe construction site conditions, and we seek the compensation that injured workers are due for their medical bills and other damages.

In August of 2015, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.’s Patrick A. Salvi II, Patrick A. Salvi, Jeffrey J. Kroll and Aaron D. Boeder obtained a $15.2 million verdict on behalf of a 33-year-old Wisconsin man who was seriously injured when he was struck and run over by a forklift at McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, Illinois. The man, who is also a military veteran, was working as a spare parts manager for Hermle Machine Co. LLC, helping with the tear down of the company’s booth.

READ MORE | Jury awards $15.2 million to veteran injured in McCormick Place accident

To learn more about our work to protect those injured or killed in workplace accidents, please call our Chicago or Waukegan offices or connect with us online.

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