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ARTICLE ID 8718

$________ Construction site negligence - Negligence in removing shields from elevator shaft - Negligent construction of scaffolding - Plumber falls six stories to his death.

Cook County, Illinois

The decedent, a 45-year-old plumber fell six stories to his death in an elevator shaft at a construction site. The plaintiff generally alleged that the defendants should have taken better safety precautions at the construction site. The plaintiff brought suit against the general contractor alleging failure to properly coordinate the respective trades. The plaintiff named the iron subcontractor alleging that it was negligent in removing shields in the elevator shaft which would have broken the decedent’s fall. The plaintiff also brought suit against the subcontractor which originally erected the scaffolding, alleging that the scaffolding was erected in an unsafe and dangerous manner. Finally, the plaintiff named the decedent’s employer.

On November 27, ________, the plaintiff’s decedent, a plumber, was dismantling scaffolding erected by the defendant scaffolding subcontractor at the subject construction site. While dismantling the scaffolding, the plumber fell six stories down an elevator shaft to his death. The plaintiff brought suit alleging negligence at the construction site.

The decedent was the father of three children aged 22, 20 and 15 years old at the time of his death.

@TITLEHD = DEFENDANTS’ CONTENTIONS The defendants’ position was that the plaintiff’s decedent should not have been using and dismantling another contractor’s scaffolding.

The matter settled prior to trial. The defendant Turner paid the sum of $________. The defendant Scott contributed $________ to the settlement. The defendant Titan contributed $________ and the decedent’s employer contributed the sum of $________ plus waived a worker’s compensation lien in the amount of $________.

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