Homewood -Flossmoor High School

Construction worker dies in accident at Illinois high school construction site

Feb. 8, 2024
The worker was injured by a saw while on the job at the science building of Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois.

A masonry worker at a high school construction site in suburban Chicago has died after his neck was sliced by a motorized hand saw.

The Southtown Economist reports that the accident occurred Wednesday during construction work at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois.

The victim, Ronald P. Simonson, 63, was taken to an area hospital, where he died, authorities said.

“Today is a very sad day for the HF community as we grieve the loss of a masonry worker who died following an accident while working on the science building project yesterday,” the district wrote in an email to parents.

 “We extend our deepest condolences to his family, coworkers and friends. Our hearts go out to them as they cope with this loss. It is in difficult times like this that the HF family comes together to support each other.”

School continued for the rest of the day Wednesday and no students or teachers were harmed, the district said. 

Simonson worked for a subcontractor working on construction of the school’s net-zero science building and the culinary and fashion/interior design renovations, according to a spokesman for the district.

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Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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