Posted On: July 6, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Worker Dies in Chicago, Illinois Industrial Accident at Berlin Industries

A worker who was crushed by a paper roll during a Chicago industrial accident at Berlin Industries, which is located in the Carol Stream suburb, has died. Jorge Espinosa sustained fatal injuries early on the morning of June 26, 2010 when more than 100 pounds of paper crushed him while his shoulders and head got caught in a suction bailer.

Local firefighters and paramedics arrived at the plant but by then Espinosa did not have any vital signs. He was pronounced dead, but because of the large volumes of paper around him, the process of extracting him took about two hours. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the fatal work accident.

Crush Injuries
Crush injuries can prove catastrophic. They can lead to crushed bones, internal injuries, rhabdomyolysis (which involves ruptured muscles that can release myoglobin into the body), kidney failure, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and death. Crush injuries can disable a person for life. Machinery accidents, falling debris, equipment malfunctions, safety violations, and inadequate safety equipment and gear are some reasons why Chicago crush accidents can happen on the job.

A worker injured on the job should be able to receive their Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation benefits from his/her employer. Surviving family members of a worker that died can file a Chicago survivors’ benefits claim.

Carol Stream IL Industrial Accident: Berlin Industries worker crushed by paper, New York Injury News, July 2, 2010

Crush injuries can be deceptively dangerous, CNN, January 21, 2010

Related Web Resource:
United States Department of Labor


An experienced Chicago workers’ compensation law firm can make sure that you are receiving all of your benefits. Unfortunately, disputes with an employer’s insurer can happen. Do NOT give up without first exploring your legal options.

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