Construction Accident Death Prompts Personal Injury Lawsuit

Construction Accident Death Prompts Personal Injury LawsuitThe family of a construction worker who was killed when he was hit by a steel beam has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the steel company that they claim provided the construction team with defective welds.

Kenneth Puplava, 43, of Portage, Indiana, was working on the construction of a new medical office building at Glenbrook Hospital, which was part of a $100 million expansion of the facility, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was hit by a metal beam at the site and was taken to the hospital's emergency room, where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

Puplava's family's personal injury suit names the construction company that was conducting the $100 million expansion, the Pepper Construction Company, as a defendant, according to WLS-TV. They contend that the firm failed to create a safe working environment for employees on the site. The LeJeune steel company is also claimed to be accountable for Puplava's death, as the family claims that they provided defective welds, and that this defect caused the collapse of the metal beam that struck the worker.