Jobs in the construction industry are inherently dangerous where workers are subjected to hazardous environments on the construction site. Many accidents with severe injuries and fatalities are the result of negligence by coworkers, subcontractors, and others. While the injured employee or surviving family members of a deceased worker are legally entitled to receive benefits including those from Workmen’s Compensation, other funds might also be available from third parties. These additional parties at fault for causing the accident could be the project developer, property owner, project manager, general contractor, subcontractors, suppliers, building material manufacturers and others.
Injured workers and family members of deceased workers should consider hiring a personal injury attorney who specializes in premises liability, wrongful death and construction site cases. A Champaign construction site accident attorney working on your behalf can ensure your family is adequately compensated for all of your damages.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers handles construction site accident cases across Illinois. If you or a family member was injured on a construction project in or around Champaign, contact our attorneys for a free case review.
Current and Proposed Large Construction Projects in Champaign, Illinois
Now that spring is given way to Winter, the city of Champaign and Champaign County had begun much-needed construction projects in the community to improve the area. Some of these include:
- Drainage Improvements – The city has begun the second phase of improving the drainage system along W. Washington St. The $13 million project will involve the construction of a detention basin to improve water flow during flooding conditions.
- Lighting Improvements – The lighting systems along Gregory and Oregon streets in Urbana will see a significant improvement after the city spends more than $600,000 to enhance the University of Illinois campus along the east side. Urbana Illinois residents will see significant improvement of their lighting systems along Lincoln Avenue from Saline Drive to Carney Avenue.
- Road Construction – The Illinois Department of Transportation has slated significant Road construction improvement projects along Interstate 57 near Paxton.
- MCORE Projects – Significant improvements as a part of the Multimodal Core (MCORE) Enhancement Project are slated along White Street and Greene St. in Champaign. Work began in early March 2018 with additional schedule projects to begin in the middle of May 2018 along Greene Street from Third Street to Fourth Street, and Wright Street from White Street to Springfield Avenue.
- Washington Street and Frank Drive Improvements – The City of Champaign will be closing Washington Street on the eastbound lane between Walnut and Hickory to repair a broken water main. During the same time frame, Frank Drive between Holiday Drive and John Street will be closed to repair pavement failures.
Champaign Illinois City Building Department
The Champaign Illinois City Building Department provides valuable information on its website to view permits online, apply for a permit, and read building codes and amendments.
Champaign City Building
102 N Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820
The city site also provides invaluable information on fencing regulations, resident dwelling information, and subdivision regulations.
Recent Construction Accidents in Champaign County
It is every project developer, property owner, and contractor’s responsibility to ensure that each construction worker receives adequate education and training to work at the job site. The significant hazards and inherent risk create serious dangers for every worker and visitor on the job site. Managers, contractors, supervisors, and developers are required to train every employee to recognize the four major hazards of working at a construction site. These include getting caught in or caught between objects, exposure to electricity that could lead to electrocution or electrical shock, falling from great height, or being struck by objects, vehicles, and equipment.
- Champaign, Illinois – A story published by the News-Gazette identified a 54-year-old worker who fell to his death in May 2013 at the construction site of a new 13 screen theater located in or Champaign. The Cooks Mill employee died of a preventable accident due to an employee’s careless behavior at the theater construction site.
Electrician Ron Smith, of Tuscola, stated that the decedent’s “safety practices on the job site cost him his life. Our foreman knew what he was doing those things …and would tell him to get a harness on." Another worker who found the worker’s body “within seconds of the fall" stated that the employee “disregarded standard safety practices. This should have never happened. It is a shame."
- Jacksonville, Illinois – Three Illinois Department of Transportation workers suffered serious injuries in a truck accident in February 2018. The accident occurred in a Springfield Illinois work zone near Interstate 72 and Morton Avenue. The employees were filling potholes at approximately 1:00 PM just before one worker and the IDOT truck were struck by a car.
First responders airlifted the injured worker to Springfield. Illinois State police began an investigation into the incident to determine what led to the collision along Morton Avenue. The condition of the injured IDOT worker has yet to be released.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 600 construction employees lost their lives in 2015 in the US. Common hazards associated with these deaths involved: falling (364 deaths), struck by accidents (90 deaths), electrocution (81 deaths), and being caught between or caught in objects (67 deaths).
Other significant risks and hazards of working in the construction industry include being subjected to falling, cuts, lacerations, power tool injury, chemical exposure, lifting and reaching injuries, repetitive motion injury, respiratory exposure to fine particles, and being hit by large objects.
Free Case Review with Illinois Leading Champaign Construction Injury Attorneys
If you were severely injured or your loved one was killed in a construction site accident in Champaign County, Illinois, you are entitled to seek financial damages through various means. Injured workers can file worker’s compensation claims to obtain benefits. Surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the decedent.
However, every incident involving construction-related injuries and fatalities are difficult and obtaining funds to recover all damages can be extremely challenging. That is why it is best to consult with a Champaign, Illinois construction accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers (888-424-5757) to discuss your legal options. Our team working on your behalf can ensure your family is fully compensated for your monetary losses. Our law firm will work to identify any additional parties that might also be at fault for causing your harm that can be held financially accountable to cover your damages. Contact us today at (888) 424-5757.