A pipefitter was severely injured in a construction accident while working at a California power plant. Details of the accident were not available in the news story I reviewed, but he was working for a contractor at the plant. He apparently suffered a crushed chest.Over the years, I have represented numerous injured construction workers who were seriously injured in construction accidents at power plants, refineries, and other industrial projects. One common thread I found in those projects is that the operator of the plant retains extensive control over the work that was being done, including setting up and enforcing specific safety rules for the contractors on the project.The extent to which the operator of the plant involves themselves in the safety of the construction project also opens them up liability in third party liability construction accident suits in the event that there is a work-related accident caused by the failure to monitor and enforce the safety rules for the project. Being able to pursue a third party liability suit for a construction injuries provides injured workers an opportunity to secure significant additional compensation in addition to their Illinois worker’s compensation benefits.Any construction worker injured on a job site involving an industrial project such as a power plant would do well to consult with an experienced Chicago construction accident lawyer to at least examine whether there is a legitimate basis for a third party liability suit.