Pictured above: Construction workers and firemen at the scene of the accident 

Last Friday, an accident took the life of a worker who was employed on a construction site. The accident happened in the Near North Side neighborhood in Portage, Indiana. Joel Ogiego, the 45-year-old victim, was working on a construction site when, according to officials, he became pinned in a shaft. Mr. Ogiego was working about 60 feet above ground and inside a crane at 4 E. Elm St when a cage descended on him and crushed him.

Mr. Ogiego become unconscious and unresponsive and had to be lowered down before being rushed to Northwestern Hospital. A firefighter on the scene states that the injuries were too traumatic and little could have been done to save the construction worker.

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is investigating the accident, along with other local authorities. After on-the-job accidents, OSHA is regularly called in to verify whether or not an accident could have been prevented. In this case, authorities are stating that the crane operations involved in the accident could have contributed to the fatality. If OSHA finds that Mr. Ogiego’s employers did not adequately provide safe working conditions, OSHA can issue citations and monetary penalties to the company. Mr. Ogiego’s family may also be able to pursue a civil claim against the employer in question.

 

Legal Commentary
In this situation and the accidents before it, the most pertinent legal matter to pursue is a civil case. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of workplace accident tragedies. A successful civil claim will enable their families to receive rightful financial compensation. If you or a loved one was affected by this incident, or one similar, contact the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by sending an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in workplace accidents, automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, and product liability claims throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous workplace motor vehicle accident cases through trial and settlement that have brought seven and eight figure confidential reward settlements. His is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas and is licensed in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leader’s Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past five years in a row for legal excellence, in connection with wrongful death and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be contacted by email or by calling 1.866.705.7584.