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.
On the morning of Feb. 14, an Illinois Department of Transportation snowplow driver lost his life in a work-related accident on Route 17 in Stark County. The driver, who was out clearing the roadway and battling the elements, pulled the plow over to assist an immobilized driver on the side of the road. Witnesses say another driver lost control of their vehicle and hit the 49-year-old IDOT employee. He died from his injuries a short while later after being transported to Kewanee Hospital.