Chicago Roofing Accident Causes Worker Death

A roofer working on a building on West Superior Street became tangled in ropes as he was being lowered. Authorities said his chest was crushed, and he passed away at Northwestern Memorial Hospital within a few hours. Construction workers, especially roofers, encounter many serious hazards that can cause an injury or death. Improper safety systems and lack of training means that roofers must be mindful of the risk of falling when they go to the jobsite.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) notes that the number one cause of death for construction workers are falls. Unprotected edges should have either a guardrail, safety net, or personal fall arrest system. Roofs with hazardous surfaces, such as those with skylights, must be roped off. An average of 540 workers dies every year from falling off buildings, ladders, or scaffolds. Employers must maintain safe hoists, ropes, and auxiliary equipment and have guidelines to conduct periodic inspections of equipment.

At a minimum, employers must address each of these potential hazards:
– Do hoists have limit devices to ensure safety?
– Are weight loads for hoists marked for the operator?
– Are hoist controls visibly marked?
– Do hoists have working warning devices?
– Are hoist ropes maintained at proper length for full range of movement?
– Are contact points between ropes guarded?
– Are kinked ropes or substitutes discarded?
– Are only trained employees allowed to use hazardous equipment?

NIOSH also recommends that employers train workers to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions and have a safety supervisor inspect equipment before use. Checking for wear and tear and other conditions that could make the items faulty is crucial. With safety training, each worker should understand their role in monitoring for hazards as they complete their work. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that employers provide safety training and keep a log of the dates that workers are certified. Retraining is highly advised. In late August the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a “Prevention Through Design” conference to address workplace safety and design methods to prevent worker injuries and death.

An individual has a right to seek legal action if their employer or a third party causes the workplace accident. An employer who is negligent or careless or a manufacturer who sells a faulty part or piece of equipment can be charged with the injury or death. The Chicago wrongful death lawyer Robert I. Briskman, Esq. will take action to pursue compensation for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and other costs. Briskman Briskman & Greenberg is a respected law firm known for getting their clients results. Their team of Chicago wrongful death attorneys will help your family with all the legal challenges so you can focus on spending time with your loved ones. To learn more, visit or call 877-595-HURT (4878).

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Robert Briskman is a Chicago wrongful death attorney and Chicago wrongful death lawyer with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit

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