Illinois Man Dies after Being Caught in Workplace Machine

July 8, 2013

755098121_2b1016fc42.jpgWork injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins report of a recent accident in Frankfort, Illinois that took the life of a local man. The 55-year-old worker, Thomas Calvert, died after becoming caught in a machine at Pactiv Corp.

The Frankfort Fire Protection District responded to an emergency call to Pactiv at around 3 p.m. because the man had become trapped in a machine. By the time emergency responders arrived at the scene, Calvert had been removed from the machine by his co-workers.

He was immediately taken via helicopter to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, he died at the same hospital just after 4:15 p.m. His cause of death is listed as a crushing injury.

Another workplace accident recently occurred in College Station, Texas, injuring four workers, three of them critically. A barn frame collapsed on the employees while they were working construction at a new $80 million Texas A&M University equestrian complex.

The barn is located about a mile from the main campus, and Texas A&M police officials are still trying to determine what exactly caused the frame to collapse. After it occurred, emergency responders had to stop their search for survivors because of concerns about another possible collapse.

The search and rescue efforts were suspended until the rest of the barn was stabilized, after which a secondary search was conducted to ensure all workers had been located. The contractor, the Gamma Construction Company, has offices in Houston and San Antonio.

Meanwhile, in Virginia, plaintiffs recently settled lawsuits against a fair company after a gas tank exploded, leaving several workers badly burned. The explosion occurred in 2010 at the Shenandoah County Fair, which contracted Southern States Winchester Cooperative, of Stephens City, to provide the gas tank.

The lawsuit names as defendants Southern States, the Shenandoah County Fair Association, and Jimmy Cook, who is an employee of Southern State. At least two fair workers, Manda Rudolph and Charles Bugarski, brought cases against the defendants, citing negligence as the direct cause of their injuries. Bugarski settled with the companies in 2012 for about $2 million.

Both plaintiffs were badly burned in the explosion, which occurred when cooking equipment was placed too closely to a propane gas cylinder in their food stand. Bugarski suffered burns on over 40% of his body, and was permanently scarred in many areas. Rudolph was similarly burned, requiring skin grafts on over 80% of her legs.

Both workers were hospitalized for several weeks in burn units at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, although both have since returned to work. Neither, however, would describe their progress as a full recovery. Rudolph continues to suffer from chronic pain and scarring, and is seeking compensation for her mounting medical bills and lost wages.

Work accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins affirm that every American worker has the right to a safe, healthy, and clean workplace. If you suffered serious injuries at work due to someone else s negligence or unsafe practices, you may be able to file a claim against those accountable. Our attorneys are available at any time of day for night for a free, no-obligation consultation.