OSHA Probe of Edward Hospital Construction Accident Continues

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Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday continued their probe of a construction-related accident at Edward Hospital in Naperville, in which a builder was injured.

Kathy Webb, area director of OSHA’s office in North Aurora, said officials are “still investigating” the Wednesday morning accident on the top floor of an addition to the hospital, at 801 S. Washington St.

Webb said preliminary evidence indicated the construction worker “was in the process of placing material on the roof called DensDeck using a ladder hoist, and the material fell off the hoist and struck him in the head.”

DensDeck is a brand of fire-resistant, “fiberglass mat gypsum roof boards,” according to a company website. It is similar in shape to sheets of plywood.

Webb said she did not know the worker’s name, age or home town or how badly he had been hurt, although Naperville Fire Department Bureau Chief Kevin Lyne said the man’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Hospital spokesman Keith Hartenberger on Wednesday said the builder was hurt when construction material fell on him while he was on the roof of the hospital’s West Building, which is undergoing a two-floor expansion. The West Building is adjacent to the hospital’s emergency room and just off Washington Street.

Hartenberger also would not identify the man, citing federal privacy laws.

Lyne said the incident occurred about 8:03 a.m., with the first firefighters and paramedics arriving at the scene within five minutes.

The worker “was operating at the top level” of the addition, Lyne said Wednesday in a release. Limited access to the area where he was injured required a “specialized rescue response,” bringing another 10 firefighter-paramedics and five pieces of emergency rescue equipment to the hospital’s campus, he said.

Firefighters “treated the patient, secured him in a patient packaging device and used the on-site crane to lower him to the ground,” where he was then wheeled into the hospital’s emergency room, Lyne said.

Hartenberger said work on the construction site resumed shortly after the incident, and that normal hospital operations were not affected. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the worker and his family,” he said.

The addition will feature a new, 24-bed intensive care unit, a 36-bed orthopedic/spine unit and an inpatient therapy gym, according to the hospital’s website. Work is scheduled to be completed later this year.

Power Construction Company LLC of Schaumburg is in charge of the project. A company spokesman did not return a telephone message that sought comment on the incident.

Lyne said Naperville police assisted firefighters at the scene.

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