In the past week, two separate workplace accidents in Chicago suburbs have led to the deaths of two people.
On June 20, a 43-year-old Ohio man was working at a Willow Springs jobsite when he fell from a 48-foot by 140-foot asphalt tank under construction. The victim was working for International Tank Service, a company based out of Lima, Ohio. The man was a resident of Long Bottom, Ohio.
According to the autopsy conducted by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, he sustained numerous blunt force injuries which led to his death. He was pronounced dead at 11:18 a.m. after being transported to Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident, though the man’s death has been determined to be accidental. An OSHA representative said there have been no prior investigations into the International Tank Service in Willow Springs, Illinois.
In Chicago’s Plainfield suburb, a 50-year-old man was killed on June 23, after becoming caught in an industrial machine. The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. at the Coilplus Inc. facility. The man, from Joliet, sustained multiple injuries after being pulled through a steel baler and was pronounced dead at the accident scene at 2:15 p.m.
According to police, the death is currently believed to be accidental, though the investigation is ongoing. OSHA has opened an investigation into the matter, though agency officials say no previous inspections have been conducted by OSHA at the Coilplus facility.
If your loved one was killed in a workplace accident, your family may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, and pain and suffering. The workers’ compensation lawyers at GWC Injury Lawyers will pursue your legal claim, working to maximize your compensation and gain justice for your family.