Construction Worker Killed in Accident Involving Aerial Lift


construction worker in protective gear holding a hard hat staring towards work site scaffolding and large crane

According to CBS Chicago, a construction worker was killed on the job while operating an aerial lift in Geneva, Illinois, on Friday morning.

About the Workplace Accident

The fatal on-the-job accident occurred at the Geneva Commons mall located off of Randall Road at around 11:40 a.m. local time. Three workers were performing renovations on a 40-foot bell tower when one of the workers was crushed by a lift.

Emergency workers responded to the scene and found one worker unconscious and another conscious inside the tower. CBS Chicago reports that the worker, 47-year-old Donald J. Tentler, was declared dead at the scene from a crush injury.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says preliminary indications are the worker was crushed between the aerial lift and a part of the tower. The recovery effort took several hours as crews lowered the deceased worker to the ground level, according to CBS Chicago.

Workplace Accident Statistics

The following information regarding on the job accidents is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • A total of 4,836 fatal workplace injuries occurred in 2015.
  • The overall rate of fatal work injury for workers in 2015 was lower than the previous year.
  • 937 workers in the private construction industry died on the job in 2015.
  • In 2015, there were 722 fatal workplace injuries due to contact with an object or equipment.

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