The Daily Northwestern is reporting that one man is dead and another critically injured following a crane accident at a construction site in Evanston on Tuesday.
Authorities with the Evanston Police Department stated that the accident happened in the 800 block of Emerson street. A crane at the work site accidentally released a steel beam which fell on the two construction workers.
The errant steel beam, which dropped after its rigging failed, landed on the workers below. They were 55 and 27, respectively, a spokesman said. Both workers were received by Evanston Hospital.
According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Compton, Illinois resident David Bialas, was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital.
The other victim, a 27-year-old man whose identity has not been released, was trapped under the beam and released before being rushed to the hospital. At that point he underwent surgery and as of Tuesday afternoon he was reported to be in serious but stable condition.
Federal personnel from OSHA are on the scene and it was not immediately clear what caused the beam to topple from its moorings. OSHA spokeswoman Rhonda Burke did say that Bialas worked for Area Erectors Inc.
We will have more information on this as it becomes available.
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