The Fakhouri Firm
77 W. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Construction workers are some of the most underappreciated people in the United States. Our daily lives see us utilizing the products of construction workers’ labor: from our streets, to our offices, to our homes. With over 33,270 construction laborers in Illinois alone, their importance to the state’s infrastructure is clear.
Construction workers are tasked with creating safe structures for us. But what about their own safety on the job? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that in 2018, there were 4,800 cases of nonfatal workplace injuries for construction workers in Illinois. This number accounts for almost 7% of the entire construction workforce in the state – and only considers instances that were reported to the BLS.
Workplaces are responsible to ensure the health and wellbeing of their employees, to the best of their ability. To hold employers accountable to creating a safe workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has legal standards in place that employers must adhere to. Failure to uphold these standards holds workplaces responsible for any injuries that were caused due to their negligence.
There are numerous standards that OSHA has in place, but there are a few standards that workplaces frequently neglect. The most common of these are when workplaces fail to provide:
The safety of construction workers should be priority number one for employers, especially as Illinois expands and develops further. If a worker is injured because an employer failed to adhere to the standards above, or any other standards not mentioned here, that worker may be entitled to workers compensation and third-party claims due to construction negligence.
If you were injured on a construction site, call The Fakhouri Firm at 312-999-9990.
Experience and a reputation as a consummate professional have resulted in many accolades for Robert S. Fakhouri, including selection for inclusion in Super Lawyers and recognition from The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.
Find out why so many clients appreciate the amount of work we put into their case. You can learn about your options during a free consultation by calling 312-999-9990 or completing our online intake form. We represent Illinois clients from our downtown Chicago office location.