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Worker killed in Chicago Heights recycling plant accident

Industrial accidents can be particularly serious. Indeed, many are fatal. That was the case for a 41-year-old worker who was killed last month in Chicago Heights.

The husband and father of two children was working at a recycling company, Brookfield Iron and Metal, when he was injured. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. According to the Cook County medical examiner, the man died from "multiple blunt force trauma." The medical examiner's office ruled the death "an industrial accident."

The victim, who lived in Cedar Lake, Indiana, was born and raised in Chicago Heights. He was employed by a cement company and worked in construction, building houses, around Cedar Lake. However, on the day of the accident, he was involved in a construction project at the Chicago Heights company that recycles steel from vehicles, appliances and structural demolitions.

The exact nature of the fatal accident and what the victim was doing at the time he was injured was not reported. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. An OSHA spokesman said that their investigations can last as long as six months.

Of course, no amount of money can bring back a loved one. However, surviving family members should ensure that the circumstances behind a work-related death are fully investigated.

In too many instances, these deaths happen because an employer, contractor pr other person or entity failed to take adequate safety precautions, provide proper training or give their workers the equipment and gear needed to safely do their jobs. Holding them liable can provide much-needed compensation when a family breadwinner is no longer around and provide an added incentive to better protect their workers.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Indiana man killed in Chicago Heights industrial accident," Dennis Sullivan, Nov. 27, 2015

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