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Falling 45 Beam at Construction Site Injures 3, Kills 1

If you're a construction worker, you don't need us to remind you of all the possible dangers that lurk at a construction site. There are so many moving pieces on a site, that accidents can happen at anytime. 

(from chicagotribune.com)

A worker was killed and three others were injured early Tuesday when a 45-ton beam fell at a construction site in Des Plaines, officials said.

The workers were in lifts on Touhy Road working to remove the beam under Interstate 90 at about 3 a.m. when the beam collapsed, officials said.

One of them was taken in critical condition to Lutheran General Hospital and later pronounced dead. Three others were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, according to Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known, Wax said. The beam is 180 feet long and weighs 45 tons, Wax said.

When employees are working on a construction site, it's the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the conditions are safe for workers. Safety measures must be taken and enforced to provide this safe working environment. When employers cut corners is when accidents can happen...many of which result in serious injuries to employees.

If you've been hurt while at work, it's important to know that you have rights...and it's imperative to know how you can utilize your rights to ensure you receive your proper compensation.

Call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485 and let us sit down with you to go over your claim and decide together the best course of action to take. We will together with you to ensure you get your rightful compensation.

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