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Construction worker killed by falling beam

Regardless of position or place of employment, any employee can be the victim of a workplace accident. Truck drivers, office workers and medical professionals are all prone to suffer certain types of work-related accidents and injuries ranging from repetitive motion injuries to those sustained from falls or heavy lifting. Some professions are definitely more dangerous than others and employees who work within the construction industry are often exposed to a variety of potentially dangerous scenarios on a daily basis.

A 57-year-old male construction worker was recently killed when he was struck by a wooden beam which fell from a structure that was under construction. The fatal accident occurred around 7 a.m. on a college campus where the building was being constructed. At that time, the construction worker was walking through the work site when the 16 foot long beam fell from six stories.

Police and officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were on hand to investigate the fatal construction accident. Initial reports indicate that the beam was knocked lose by a crane which was operating in the area. It's believed the operator of the crane accidentally struck the beam which was not properly secured.

OSHA investigators will continue to investigate this accident as well as the work site where the accident occurred to determine if safety violations exist. In many cases, construction companies are negligent in failing to take and follow proper safety precautions. The construction company and individual crane operator may face fines as well as criminal charges if safety violations are determined to have been a factor.

The family of the 57-year-old construction worker who was killed in this tragic accident may also choose to take legal action in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. Taking such legal action not only provides closure for grieving family members, but also helps provide for their financial security.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Worker in fatal construction site accident identified," Brian L. Cox and Rosemary Regina Sobol, May 16, 2013

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