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Worker in serious condition after falling from old water tank

A man in Illinois sustained serious injuries after a workplace fall that happened on Aug. 18. At the time of the accident, the 20-year-old man had been working with another man to disassemble an old water tank. The water tank was located on the roof of a building near Sacramento and Grand Avenues in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood. It is unclear if any other construction workers' accidents had taken place at the site.

The ladder fall happened at around 4 p.m. when the victim tried to climb a ladder that was attached to the tank. The ladder had apparently been constructed at the same time that the tank was built and was connected to a section that had since rotted. While the man was attempting to scale it, the ladder detached and caused him to fall onto the building's roof.

When paramedics arrived at the scene, they had to climb up to where the man was located. After administering emergency treatment to stabilize the worker, paramedics carried him back down to ground level. He was then transported to Stroger Hospital where his condition was reported to be somewhere between serious and critical.

Workers who have been injured on the job might be able to seek reimbursement for their medical expenses by filing a workers' compensation claim. In addition to medical coverage, a workers' compensation settlement may also include payments for the workdays that are missed as a result of the injuries. In some cases, an injured worker may be able to pursue additional compensation by filing lawsuits against negligent third parties such as the property owner. A lawyer may be able to assist a worker with this process by first conducting an investigation to identify all liable parties.

Source: CBS Chicago, "Worker Injured After Falling From Water Tank In Humboldt Park", August 18, 2014

Source: CBS Chicago, "Worker Injured After Falling From Water Tank In Humboldt Park", August 18, 2014

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