Michael Kerr of Hart Street in Dryer, Ind., a 57 year-old worker for the Power Construction Co., was crushed and killed by a 16-foot long, 70-pound wooden beam at a Northwestern University construction site.
The wrongful death construction accident happened at around 7:15 a.m. on Thursday May 16th, when a construction cane loosened the beam, causing it to fall approximately six stories onto Kerr who was working below. Kerr sustained severe personal injuries to his head and chest.
Paramedics summoned to the construction site rushed Kerr to nearby NorthShore University Hospital emergency room in Evanston, IL. Kerr was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Northwestern University officials have expressed shock at the job site accident, but stated that no other workers were injured. Work at the construction site has been ceased, pending an investigation by the federal job site injury watchdog, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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