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Work-Related Deaths Archives

IDOT worker killed in fatal accident

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.

Worker death from heat stroke cited as serious violation by OSHA

An Illinois company was cited by the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker died of a case of heat stroke that he suffered on his first day on the job. The fatal accident showed the need for employers to break in new employees slowly, the safety agency said. OSHA also stated that companies should let new workers get acclimated to the high-heat conditions with a regimen of rest, shade and adequate hydration.

Chicago sewer worker fearful of conditions prior to accident

The sewer worker who died Sept. 18 in Chicago told his family that although he loved his job, he feared his working conditions. The man, who worked for a local construction company, was swept away by rushing waters in a fatal accident that occurred when heavy rains covered the area where he was working and entered the sewer system. The man's employer said the cause of the accident was not yet known.

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