2 companies facing OSHA investigations after deadly construction accident

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ELGIN, Ill. -- Investigators remain on the scene of a construction accident that killed one worker and injured three others this morning in Des Plains.

The fatal accident happened around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday on Touhy Avenue right under I-90 where there is a widening project underway.

The construction workers were in lifts removing the 45-ton beam, that is no longer being used, and it somehow fell onto the area where they were working.

Omega Demolition and Judlau are now facing that OSHA investigation for this morning's accident.

Both companies have a history of violations in the past.

Omega Demolition in northwest suburban Elgin is the subcontractor that employed the worker who was killed and the three who were injured.

Since 2006, OSHA has issued nine citations to Omega Demolition mainly focused on lead hazards. The company has paid nearly $6500 in penalties for the violations.

The general contractor Judlau is based in New York, has paid nearly $35,000 in fines for 13 OSHA violations in the past 10 years.

WGN News reached out to Omega Demolition and Judlau but they did not comment as of yet.

The Illinois Tollway released a statement saying:

The Tollway family is deeply saddened by today’s very unfortunate event, and our prayers and sympathies are extended to all families and loved ones of those affected. In particular, our thoughts are with the family of the worker who lost his life in this accident. We will immediately begin our work with local authorities and OSHA to learn the causes of this accident. The safety of our employees, the contractors working on our roadways, as well as the motoring public are always of the highest importance at our agency.


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