Working on a Rockford construction job site could be dangerous to your health and well-being. Many construction accidents were the result of negligence when a co-worker, property owner, subcontractor or others failed to follow safety procedures and protocols. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a construction site accident, you could hire an attorney to assist you in filing your Worker’s Compensation forms to receive all available benefits. Surviving family members can also file a lawsuit claiming wrongful death and hold those legally responsible legally and financially accountable.
Your attorney can protect your rights by evaluating if additional third parties are also responsible for your harm. These parties could include general contractors, subcontractors, project developers, property owners, and others who might have also acted negligently, leading to 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 Rockford, contact our attorneys for a free case review.
Current and Proposed Large Construction Projects in Rockford, Illinois
North Main St. Reconstruction Project – The Illinois Department of Transportation is supervising their complete reconstruction project on N. Main St. from Riverside Boulevard corridor to Auburn Street. The route will be reconstructed into a more efficient state highway. Contractors are expected to improve the intersections, install new concrete pavement, install the new storm sewer system, install traffic signals and street lights, install a new water main, relocate the overhead utilities, and make specific sidewalk and multi-use path accommodations for pedestrians. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of summer 2019.
Strathmore Drive Extension – Rockford city officials recently authorized extending Strathmore Drive from Roxbury Road to Mulford Road. The construction project will improve ingress into the nearby hospital campus. In addition to the roadway extension, contractors will be making significant improvements for pedestrians and bicycles. The $3.5 million project should be completed by winter 2019.
Chestnut Street Bridge Active Transportation Enhancement – Significant improvements and enhancements will be made along the Walnut Street/Chestnut corridor. The project is slated to include a new active transportation facility along the Chestnut Street Bridge and create a safe barrier between roadway users and oncoming traffic. The $400,000 project is estimated to be completed by the winter of 2018.
West State Reconstruction Project – Phase II of the reconstruction development is supposed to begin on the west State Street project led by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The $14 million project will include significant intersection improvements, and the addition of new concrete pavement, water mains, drainage, traffic signals and decorative street lighting. The land is to be acquired by the winter of 2018 with construction completed by the fall of 2021.
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Recent Construction Accidents in Winnebago County
Many construction subcontractors and workers are at risk for serious injuries or fatalities in their day-to-day job environment. The leading hazards and risks associated when employed at a construction site include working at great height, excessive noise, slipping, tripping, falling, moving objects, collapsing trenches, material handling, exposure to electricity and asbestos, and respiratory problems associated with airborne materials and fibers. Below is a small sample of recent accidents with injuries and fatalities occurring in Rockford and Winnebago County. They include:
- Rochelle, Illinois – A construction worker lost his life after accidentally being run over by a co-worker operating a dump truck. The incident occurred on Interstate 88 near Rochelle. The 43-year-old victim was working close to milepost 76 when a co-worker backed up the Highway Department’s Mack dump truck, killing the victim.
- Paw Paw, Illinois – A report in the Rockford Register indicated that a Highland highway maintenance worker was killed after being struck by a tractor-trailer while working on the road along Interstate 39. The 55-year-old victim was performing repairs along the freeway shoulder approximately 40 miles south of Rockford. The 76-year-old truck driver failed to merge with the flow of traffic in sufficient time to avoid driving under the shoulder of the road before hitting the victim.
- Rockford, Illinois –Two construction workers (38-years-old and 48-years-old) died in a job-related accident while digging a ditch that collapsed on them at a Millstadt, Illinois construction site. The Midwest Petroleum and Excavating Inc. Co. employees were at the bottom of a 10-foot trench when it collapsed in March 2008.
- O’Fallon, Illinois – An Illinois DOT contract worker died and two other employees were injured when a car collided with their striping truck performing work near O’Fallon on Interstate 64. At the time of the accident, the employees were standing on the back of their striping equipment truck when a car collided, striking the workers. A 48-year-old Pocahontas, Illinois worker died at the scene, and the other two were airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital.
- Winnebago County, Illinois – A construction employee suffered severe injuries in a job-related electrical accident and later died. The incident occurred in the Village of Winnebago in November 2016. Initially, the victim’s co-workers administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until police arrived. First responders transported the injured victim to a nearby Wisconsin Hospital. Sadly, the 30-year-old victim succumbed to his injuries the next day. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has begun an investigation into the cause of the incident.
- Winnebago County, Illinois – An Illinois construction worker died as the result of an electrical accident occurring in Winnebago County in 2016. The 30-year-old line man’s body touched electrically charged wires. The victim was transported to Wisconsin Hospital but did not survive.
- Winnebago County, Illinois – A man standing next to a commercial dump truck was killed at the Winnebago County Landfill in April 2016 after the trailer tipped over. The construction materials and trash contents in the back of the dump truck buried the victim. First responders were unable to save the man’s life.
- Winnebago County, Illinois – A 57-year-old construction worker who fell in a job-related accident at the new Woodstock Harley-Davidson motorcycle building construction site died from his injuries in May 2015. The County coroner listed “blunt force trauma to the head due to a fall" as the victim’s cause of death. At the time of the accident, the employee was working on the second-floor mezzanine at the new Eastwood Drive facility (formally the Kmart store) before falling approximately 12 feet through a hole the floor to the floor below. First responders assisted the man who was lying bleeding and unconscious. The victim was airlifted to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center (Rockford) in critical condition and later died from his injuries.
According to OSHA under the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 100 construction workers die every year while working on roadways across the United States. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states that road construction fatalities account for approximately 8% of all construction job-related deaths.
Consult with a Rockford Construction Site Accident Attorney Today
Did you suffer mild to severe injury in a construction site accident or lose a loved one through the negligent actions of others? If so, you are entitled to receive monetary recovery through worker’s compensation or a wrongful death lawsuit. The reputable team of attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have years of experience in resolving complicated construction site accident cases in Illinois. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation benefits on behalf of our clients.
Our law firm working on your behalf can ensure you that we will build a solid case and hold everyone responsible for your harm financially accountable. Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, initial consultation. Let us begin the ball rolling. We can handle every aspect of your case while you take the time you require to recover.
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