U.S. Aqua Vac Inc. is an out-of-state company that provides diving services in Ohio and nationwide. Divers help to clear debris from lakes and ponds, as was the case last November when a company diver entered a pond in New Albany. The 23-year-old man died after he ran out of air while working.
Illinois residents might be interested to learn about a fatal accident involving construction workers that took place in North Carolina on March 24. While they were working on the Charter Square building in downtown Raleigh, three workers fell to their deaths and a fourth worker was seriously injured. All of the men who were involved in the accident were Hispanic, and they ranged in age from 33 to 53.
A worker in Illinois was killed on Feb. 13 after he was crushed between a tractor and a container. The 22-year-old man had been working for CenterPoint Intermodal Centers in Joliet when he died. Following the fatal accident, representatives of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration began an investigation to look into the causes.
A 54-year-old wife and mother of two who had been working for a thrift store in Washington Heights for more than 25 years lost her life to an accidental shooting on March 7. She was sorting through some donated clothing items with a male co-worker as part of her job at the South Ashland Avenue facility. Inside a sock, the co-worker found a .22 caliber handgun that, when the man shook it out of the sock, accidentally discharged, hitting the woman in the chest.
According to a report, a 39-year-old man who was working as an Illinois Tollway maintenance employee was killed on Jan. 27 after a truck driver crashed into a toll plaza. An Illinois State trooper was also injured in the incident.