A deadly industrial accident claimed the life of one worker Tuesday, July 5, in the Chicago suburb of Monee.
The 58-year-old man, from Frankfort, was working below a semitrailer which was being refurbished at the Advanced Mobility manufacturing plant. Advanced Mobility produces mobile medical units as well as custom vehicles and trailers for industries such as banking and television production.
The semitrailer’s hydraulic line was accidentally cut by another employee, causing the trailer to crash down upon him. After the trailer fell, the man’s co-workers used a forklift to lift the trailer off of him. Emergency responders later arrived at the scene, performing specialized life support actions before transporting him to Franciscan St. James Health hospital in nearby Olympia Fields.
The man sustained crush injuries to his chest and lower body. He died before he could be transported to a Chicago trauma center via helicopter. The autopsy revealed multiple blunt-force injuries as the cause of death.
The company’s human resources director has expressed the organization’s devastation in light of the accident. According to the company’s representative, little information is available regarding the details of the accident at this time.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has initiated an investigation into the accident. Calumet City’s OSHA office director has said the investigation could take as long as six months to complete, according to the organization’s statute of limitations.
In 2014, Advanced Mobility received two severe OSHA citations concerning electrical standards violations. According to OSHA, Advanced Mobility corrected the issues and paid the $3,360 fine.
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