Two Illinois workers were injured after falling into a 20-30 foot deep hole this morning on Chicago’s south side. The workplace injury occurred at the Water Reclamation District’s Calumet water plant which is located at 400 E. 130th St. in Chicago, IL. The injured employees both worked for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. According to reports, the workers fell into a thirty to forty foot hole at the plant around 7:30 a.m. The Chicago Fire Department was dispatched to the scene of the Chicago workplace accident to provide emergency services. It reportedly took about an hour for Fire Department officials to free the men from the hole.
Both of the workers were taken to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL. One of the injured workers was listed in serious condition with head injuries following the accident. The other worker was reportedly listed in fair condition. The more seriously injured worker was transferred by a helicopter deployed by the University of Chicago Hospital. The cause of the workplace accident remains unclear and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District has declined to comment.
Illinois law provides certain benefits for individuals that suffer injuries at work. These benefits include the payment of medical bills, temporary time off, and even permanency. If you have suffered a workplace injury, you should contact a lawyer immediately to ensure that you receive all the compensation to which you are entitled.