CBS News Chicago shared the details of a tragic Chicago work injury this week that occurred in suburban Melrose Park.
According to published reports, safety officials are probing the death of an employee at a recycling facility following a forklift accident. The 34-year old victim was an employee of JKS Ventures and was working on Monday morning. Details on the specific cause of the accident are undetermined. However, it appears that the man became pinned between a forklift and a semi-tractor trailer. He was rushed to a local hospital, but doctors were unable to stabilize him before he succumbed to his injuries. His death was ultimately ruled a result of compression asphyxia.
Unfortunately the death is not the first workplace loss for the company-an employee died in 2007 at the facility. The company has previously been cited for unsafe work conditions. Some of those previous citations involved forklift concerns. In total, authorities have sanctioned JKS on three separate incidents. The 2007 death involved a worker who fell 23 feet off machinery that he was greasing. That incident led to 21 citations being issued. Two more citations were issued the following year.
These workplace fatalities often result in Chicago wrongful death lawsuits. The law provides legal options to the families of those who die because of inadequate work safety conditions, dangerous truck driving, or any other negligent act. It is important for those who lose a loved one to come forward and assert their legal rights.
Our Chicago injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti are saddened to hear of this latest loss. Every day we hear stories of more community members injured or killed in incidents that could and should have been avoided. Legal action motivates negligent corporations and professionals to improve safety for their employees and customers in order to avoid further litigation. Victims should contact a Illinois injury lawyer to learn how the civil justice system can help them hold wrongdoers accountable for their negligence.
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