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I-64 construction accident sends worker to hospital

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Construction Workers’ Accidents on Thursday, August 11, 2016.

A fallen beam is likely to blame for a horrific accident that injured an Illinois man. The construction accident occurred on I-64, where roadwork has been going on for several years already. Although the injured worker has not made any type of statement, his brother recently stated that the victim was resting at home after being released from the hospital.

It is not clear what exactly went wrong at the site of the $36.5 million construction project, but one of the responding police officers noted that it looked as if some type of beam had fallen on top of a construction worker. An ambulance later transported the injured man to an area hospital. There, he was diagnosed with multiple broken vertebrae, cracked ribs and serious bruising. He was released sometime that same day and taken home to rest.

The steel-erecting company that employs the victim has yet to make a statement regarding the accident as they continue to investigate what might have caused it. The corporation responsible for the entire project and for subcontracting out different businesses also refused to make a comment on the accident. It is not clear if construction at the site has resumed.

For workers employed in physically demanding jobs, an injury can be a serious game changer. Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to provide lost wages and compensation for medical bills to victims who have been seriously injured during the course of fulfilling their workplace obligations. These types of benefits might be especially useful to this Illinois man who was injured in a construction accident, as removing his financial worry can help him focus more fully on his recovery.

Source: bnd.com, “Worker recovering after construction accident on I-64“, Kaitlyn Schwers, Aug. 9, 2016

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