Seven people hospitalized after concrete falls from Chicago high-rise construction site

The city will inspect a high-rise under construction at State and Randolph streets on Thursday after concrete fell from the 24th floor of the structure tonight, injuring seven people during the rush-hour commute, according to TV news reports. Construction will be halted Thursday morning while city building inspectors examine the site. We’re guessing from the address that the building in question may be developer Smith-field’s Modern Momentum (not sure who the contractor is). Wet concrete and wooden containers used to hold the concrete reportedly rained down on the seven people, and at least a few were hospitalized but their injuries reportedly were not serious. We’re surprised we don’t hear of work safety issues more often considering the prevalence of high-rise construction downtown. We wonder how close an eye the city keeps on construction sites overall.

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