Stanley Roberts dies in fall at Indianapolis Convention Center site

A worker was killed on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, after falling more than 50 feet at the Indiana Convention Center construction site in Indianapolis.

Investigators with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) report that Stanley Roberts, 55, was on the job on behalf of Harmon Steel Incorporated at the convention center, located at 100 South Capital Avenue, between South Street and Maryland Street.

Reports indicate that Mr. Roberts, an iron worker, was working atop a JLG 800AJ boom lift, roughly 16 to 17 yards above ground. For unknown reasons, the boom tipped over around 3:10 p.m., striking a steel structure beam.

According to reports, Mr. Roberts was wearing a safety harness, but the harness was not tethered to the lift. Paramedics responded to the scene, but were unable to save Mr. Roberts. It is unclear whether he was hospitalized first or died on scene.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 150,000 construction accidentss occur every year. Falls account for the majority of construction site accidents.

Approximately 250 construction workers are working on the convention center expansion project. It will add 154,000 square feet of exhibit space, 63,000 square feet of meeting rooms and 103,000 square feet of pre-exhibit space. Mr. Roberts was part of an iron working crew managed by Shiel Sexton and Powers and Sons.

Protecting the safety of Indiana construction workers is a two-way street.

Indiana law requires contractors to maintain a safe work site. Failure to do so could make the company vulnerable to a lawsuit should a worker be injured or killed.

Conversely, employees should be familiar with regulations designed to protect their safety. In a positive work environment, workers should feel comfortable enough to voice their safety concerns to the foreman or a manager. Ultimately, it is the employee who is putting his body on the line.

Construction workers involved in workplace accidents might choose to take legal action. If a lawyer can prove that the constrution comany acted with negligence, an injured worker could be entitled to receive reimbursement for his medical bills, along with repayment of lost wages and compensation for pain and suffering.

Don't trust the word of friends and family. Only a qualified attornedy familiar with construction law can properly evaluate your situation and determine the best course of action.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a workplace accident, you need to talk to an experienced Indiana injury attorney today.

James R. Keller
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