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Falling objects create risk for construction workers and others

At Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, our attorneys have seen the devastating results of construction accidents and how they affect Illinois workers and their families. In previous posts recently, we've discussed some of the most common types of construction accidents, ranging from falls to electrical mishaps. These are by far not the only way for construction workers to be injured. Accidents resulting from falling objects may not occur as often, but they are no less dangerous or deadly.

According to The Cooperator, over the years there have been numerous accidents across the country involving debris falling from buildings that have injured pedestrians, drivers and construction workers alike. Often, objects fall from buildings that are under construction or renovation. They have included the following:

  • Loose brickwork, solar panels or siding
  • Scaffolding structures
  • Air conditioner units or fans
  • Construction equipment or machinery
  • Signage

Numerous situations may result in jobsite accidents that put your life in danger due to falling objects. A high wind might pick up and dislodge equipment or masonry that is not properly secured. Heavy machinery may break or tip over. Safety violations or improper training may increase the risk of being struck by falling objects. In rare cases, an earthquake may even cause debris to come loose and strike you or others nearby.

Hopefully you will never experience an accident involving falling debris that causes a serious injury. In the chance that it does happen, however, workers' compensation exists to compensate you for your medical expenses and lost wages resulting from a workplace injury. To learn more about filing a workers' compensation claim after an injury on the job, visit our page.

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