40-Ton Beam Falls On Chicago Construction Crew, Killing One Worker

The accident happened early Tuesday when a steel bridge beam fell on the workers as they tried to remove it at Interstate 90.

Workers were in lifts trying to remove the beam under Interstate 90 when it collapsed on them around 3 a.m. (WGN-TV via AP)
Workers were in lifts trying to remove the beam under Interstate 90 when it collapsed on them around 3 a.m. (WGN-TV via AP)

Federal officials are investigating two companies after a construction worker was killed and three others were injured in suburban Chicago.

The accident happened early Tuesday when a 40-ton steel bridge beam fell on the workers as they tried to remove it at Interstate 90. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials say the beam rolled from a pier support while workers cut steel bracing it.

Workers were in lifts trying to remove the beam under Interstate 90 when it collapsed on them around 3 a.m. (WGN-TV via AP)Workers were in lifts trying to remove the beam under Interstate 90 when it collapsed on them around 3 a.m. (WGN-TV via AP)

OSHA says it is investigating the deceased worker's employer, Omega Demolition Corp. of Elgin, and the general contractor, Judlau Contracting Inc. of New York.

Judlau spokesman Cesar Pereiri said the company isn't commenting about the accident. Omega Demolition didn't respond to calls and emails seeking comment.

Des Plaines fire officials say three workers were treated and released from hospitals. The fourth was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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