November 2011 - Injured Construction Worker Receives $625,000 Settlement

The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber obtained a $625,000 settlement for a construction worker who was injured after a fall down an improperly guarded elevator shaft. The worker suffered a serious back injury and underwent a spinal fusion operation after the fall. The settlement was notable in that it was obtained in St. Charles County, which can be an unfavorable venue for injured plaintiffs.

The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber obtained a $625,000 settlement for a construction worker who was injured after a fall down an improperly guarded elevator shaft. The worker suffered a serious back injury and underwent a spinal fusion operation after the fall. The settlement was notable in that it was obtained in St. Charles County, which can be an unfavorable venue for injured plaintiffs.

At issue in the case was the importance of properly barricading or guarding the opening of an elevator shaft according to OSHA requirements and guidelines. The construction industry safety standard at issue is 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(4)(i), which states that workers should be protected by fall protection systems such as guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems when they are around holes 6 feet or more. This standard is part of the broader standard 29 CFR 1926.501, which provides fall protection guidelines for different types of employers. For more information on OSHA, and our experience handling claims involving OSHA violations, click here.


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