Helmkamp Construction sued by bank employee who falls at work site

Kelly Holleran Dec. 19, 2008, 5:00am

A Lebanon woman has filed suit against Helmkamp Construction and one of its project managers plus First States Investors and Burr Wolff, alleging her lower back, right arm and left leg were severely injured after she fell at a construction site.

Alicia Wiley visited 100 North Wood River Avenue in Wood River/East Alton on Dec. 15, 2006, as an employee of Regions Bank, a company that maintained the facility, according to the complaint she filed Dec. 15 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

At the time Wiley visited the facility, it was being remodeled and renovated, the suit states.

Helmkamp Construction was contracted to do the remodeling and renovation work and First States Investors and Burr Wolff owned, managed and operated the building, Wiley claims.

While at the site, Wiley "was caused to slip," the suit states.

Because of her fall, Wiley sustained severe and permanently disabling injuries, including those to her back, arm and leg, and suffered great pain and mental anguish, according to the complaint.

She also claims she lost large amounts of money because of her inability to pursue her normal work, suffered permanent disability and disfigurement and incurred medical expenses.

Helmkamp Construction, its project manager, Rob Johnes, Burr Wolff and First States Investors were negligent by failing to keep a proper lookout for individuals on the job site, by failing to maintain the walkways on the premises so they could be utilized, by failing to warn Wiley and others of the condition of its walkways, by failing to remedy the dangerous condition of the walkways and by failing to inspect the walkways, according to the complaint.

In addition, Johnes, First State Investors and Burr Wolff negligently failed to supervise workers on the site, the suit states.

In the four-count suit, Wiley is seeking a judgment in excess of $300,000, plus costs.

Gregory M. Skinner of Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 08-L-638.

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