The death of one construction worker and injuries to three others on the Jane Addams Tollway (Interstate 90) project could have been prevented, according to OSHA's investigation.
Tuesday morning, a 45-ton, 187-foot metal support beam fell when the strap or chain supporting the beam failed while it was being removed.
Omega Demolition of Elgin, Illinois was removing one of four beams that supported the old westbound lanes of I-90, currently being rebuilt and widened as part of a project connecting Chicago to Elgin. At the time of the accident, two beams had already be removed, leaving one being worked on Tuesday and one for later removal. Vicente Santoyo of Berwyn was killed when a steel bracing was being cut in half and the load shifted off the support, onto workers in lift baskets. Three other workers went to hospitals in the area.
The exact cause of the accident is still being investigated, OSHA spokesperson, Scott Allen, saying "These type of accidents are preventable." Omega has no accidents on file with OSHA and past violations were related to lead hazard instances.
Omega Demolition is a subcontractor for Judlau Contracting Incorporated of New York, the general contractor on the site.