Posted On: November 25, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Naperville, Illinois Work Accident Claims Life of Gas Company Employee

A tragic work accident claimed the life of Nicor utility worker in Naperville, Illinois on Monday. Gary Cichy died after being pinned under a backhoe that toppled on top of him.

According to the Will County Sheriff’s Office, the excavator flipped over when it was struck by a white Isuzu box van that drove off the road. Cichy, 52, sustained critical injuries from the Illinois work accident.

Fog made it impossible for emergency workers to fly him to the hospital. Instead, an ambulance transported Cichy to Edward Hospital where he later died. Work signs, Nicor vehicles, and cones had been setup to mark off the work area.

Police are investigating what caused the truck driver to go off the road. Yesterday, a spokesperson for the Will County sheriff’s office announced that charges will likely be filed against the van driver.

In addition to receiving Illinois workers’ compensation benefits, workers who were injured or got sick on the job may also be entitled to personal injury compensation from liable parties that are not the victim’s employer.

Getting pinned by heavy machinery can be catastrophic for a worker, who may have sustained a spinal cord injury or other serious injuries, such as crushed bones and organ damage during this type of work accident. The injured worker may no longer be able to work. He or she may even die from such serious injuries.

Charges coming in crash that killed Nicor worker, Chicago Breaking News, November 24, 2009

Nicor worker killed in Naperville truck-earth-digger collision, Daily Herald, November 23, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Industrial Commission

Illinois Department of Labor

Our Will County workers’ compensation attorneys represent clients with both Illinois workers’ compensation claims against employers and third party personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against liable third parties.

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