No responsible employer wants to hear about workers being killed on the job. That’s why Illinois companies work hard to properly train employees on proper safety procedures. Despite this, no industry can be accident-free. This is especially true in the construction industry, where accidents seem to occur almost every day. One young man was recently killed while clearing trees on the campus of Notre Dame.
The 22-year-old man was working for R&R Construction on the morning of Nov. 21 when a tree fell on him. No other incidents about the accident were reported, but the man was killed. Work was stopped on the construction site for the rest of the day.
The fatal construction accident is currently under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Indiana. The investigation could take several months and will include reviews of the job site, as well as employee training records and the equipment used at the time of the accident.
Because a fatality was involved, a safety inspection report is required. This will determine if any safety procedures were violated. If so, the company could be fined and forced to fix any problems that OSHA has identified. R&R Construction has had no violations in the past 10 years. The company is allowed to continue working while the investigation is underway.
No employer is invincible when it comes to accidents. Accidents can occur to employees in even the most safety-conscious companies. The goal is to learn from these accidents so that they can be prevented in the future.
Construction accidents can result in serious injuries and, in this case, even death. Surviving family members have the right to seek compensation through a wrongful death claim. This can help provide financial recovery for expenses such as medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages, among others.
Source: ABC 57, “Investigations launched into fatal construction accident” Daryl Bjoraas, Nov. 22, 2013