Posted On: December 18, 2008 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Worker Dies in Schaumburg Machinery Accident

A 28-year-old man died in an Illinois work accident after his head got caught in an automated machine that processes steel. The accident occurred last Friday in Schaumburg at a metal distribution plant.

Brian Jensen was working at the Earle M. Jorgensen Co. when the deadly work accident happened. Co-workers who discovered him administered CPR before he was transported to a Alexian Brothers Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Schaumburg police, and the Cook County medical examiner’s office have been investigating the cause of the machinery accident. On Monday, a Cook County Medical Examiner's Office spokesperson says Jensen died of cranial cerebral injuries from an industrial accident.

The automated machine is operated remotely from a computer. There are big cranes that remove trays with steel from storage shelves. They then put the trays in the machine that was involved in Jensen’s work injury accident. Jensen was alone when the accident happened.

Industrial Machinery Injuries
Machines used on the job can be a cause of serious injury or death if a machinery is defective, not operated properly, or the correct safety precautions are not taken.

Injuries may include:

• Burn injuries
• Chemical burns
• Electrical burns
• Electrocution injuries
• Crushed or broken bones
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Fall injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
• Severed limbs
• Injuries caused by exposure to hazardous substances or toxic chemicals

Schaumburg worker killed on job, Daily Herald, December 13, 2008

Autopsy gives no leads in industrial accident, Pioneerlocal.com, December 15, 2008

In Illinois, the best way to ensure that you and your family receive all the workers’ compensation benefits and third-party compensation you are owed is to contact Chicago Workers' Compensation Attorney Steve Malman to explore your legal options.

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