Posted On: February 11, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Chicago Worker Dies in Machinery Crush Accident

In Chicago, a Melrose Park resident suffered fatal injuries when he was fatally crushed while working a machine at an envelope factor. Hiep Vu’s coworkers say they found him stuck in the rollers of the machine. Chicago Fire Department workers were called to Cenveo Inc. and they transported the 54-year-old Illinois worker to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating the cause of the deadly industrial accident.

Common causes of machinery accidents:

• Defective machinery
• Dangerous machinery due to poor safety features or design
• Toxic fumes emission
• Lack of safety equipment
• Inadequate training
• Improper maintenance
• Failure to replace old machinery

Each year, many industrial workers sustain disabling and other catastrophic injuries because they were involved in machinery accidents. In many cases, workers end up losing a limb of seriously lacerating a finger or getting fatally injured because their bodies were crushed by machinery. These injuries are not only difficult to fully recover from, but they can impair a worker's ability to hold another job in his or her field while severely limiting the ability to earn a proper living.

It is the job of an industrial worker’s employer to make sure that employees work in a safe environment and that all safeguards are in place to prevent accidents from happening. Machine manufacturers and machinery maintenance companies are also obligated to make sure that machines are in safe, working condition.

There are steps you can take to make sure that your employer’s insurer pays you all of the Illinois workers’ compensation benefits that you are owed and that the payments are made to you in a timely manner.

Man Crushed In Northwest Side Factory, CBS2Chicago, February 11, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Cenveo Inc

In Illinois, our Chicago workers’ compensation law firm can help you consider your legal options.

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