One worker was killed and another critically injured when a steel beam fell at the construction site of a nine-story apartment building in Evanston, Indiana, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Workers at the site were using a crane to unload steel beams from a truck when the crane’s rigging failed and dropped a beam from about 30 feet in the air on to the two workers, ages 55 and 27. The older man was taken to the hospital where he later died. The younger man had to be extricated from under the beam and was also taken to the hospital and underwent surgery. He is listed in critical condition.
The deceased was identified as David Gene Bialas of Compton, Indiana. He was employed by Area Erectors Inc., of Chicago. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said an autopsy confirmed he died from multiple injuries during the industrial accident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the accident, as is customary during work-related fatalities. The construction site is expected to remain closed for the next day as the investigation continues, according to police.
No other injuries were reported. However, following the accident, firefighters had to help the crane operator down from his post 130 feet above.
Being struck by objects is the second leading cause of death among construction workers, behind falls, according to OSHA statistics. Of the 991 work-related construction worker deaths in 2016, 93 were caused by workers being struck by objects.
Chicago Sun Times