Construction Worker Falls Off Scaffolding, Remains in Serious Condition
A construction worker in Peoria, Illinois was seriously injured when fell off the scaffolding at Unity Point Methodist Hospital.
About the Peoria Construction Accident
According to WEEK, the man fell behind the main hospital building on the side of Interstate 74, after he was adding a new exterior to the building.
Police reported after the accident on Thursday, May 28th at 9:00 A.M. that the man fell about 30 feet from the scaffolding. Officer Amy Dotson of Peoria Police Department reported that the construction worker suffered severe internal injuries after his fall.
Police have not yet released the man’s name. The reason for the construction worker's fall has not yet been concluded.
OSHA Investigates Accident
The general contractor for Unity Point Methodist Hospital claims the man worked for an out of town contractor. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigator discovered that the construction worker was with East Moline Glass Company.
The investigator would not comment other than the claim that they are investigating the accident. OSHA is an agency that is responsible for the safety and health of over 130 million workers across the country. In 2013, OSHA reported 302 fatal falls of construction workers, which equates to about 36.5% of annual construction-related deaths.
The man was admitted into OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and is in serious condition. In September of 2010, OSHA fined East Moline Glass Company $2,400 for violating scaffolding standards.
Construction at the Unity Point Methodist Hospital is currently on hold until River City Construction and hospital officials further discuss the construction site’s safety.