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Workers injured at Illinois construction site

Several weeks ago, this blog touched on the subject of accidents on construction sites and negligent employers in a general way. Let's turn to a recent example from Illinois to help illustrate how construction and industrial accidents can occur, and what an injured worker may be facing in the aftermath.

The accident occurred on a work site where a pipeline for natural gas was going to be installed. Workers were digging huge trenches for the pipeline. Two workers were approximately 20 feet below ground level when one fell from a ladder, landing on the other one. Both workers suffered serious injuries in the accident.

The injured construction workers had to be lifted from the trench before they could receive treatment. Rescue workers used pulleys and ropes to get them out, which took around 40 minutes. From that point, an ambulance and a helicopter were able to transport them to hospitals.

The accident underscores a simple, yet all too often overlooked, point about working on industrial and construction sites. If it's a difficult or dangerous environment in which to work, it can be a difficult or dangerous effort to extricate an injured worker. Underground work is just one example; working high up on a tall building is the other side of that same coin. Fires, hazardous chemical spills, and electrical wiring all pose similar challenges.

When someone suffers an on-the-job-injury, prompt medical treatment is a must. Delays in obtaining treatment can worsen injuries and complicate treatment, perhaps reducing the chance of a full recovery and a return to work. Worker's compensation is vital to supporting injured workers in these situations. If you have been injured in an accident at work, you may wish to consult an attorney to discuss your options for receiving compensation for your injuries.

Source: Daily Herald, "Firefighters rescue two injured workers from Elgin trench," Madhu Krishnamurthy, Oct. 20, 2017

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