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Chicago, IL – Roberto Alvarez Killed in Forklift Accident on 37th St

Chicago, IL (July 17, 2020) – A man from Brighton Park was killed after a workplace accident. According to local sources, the incident occurred in the Bridgeport area on the South Side of Chicago. The accident took place on Monday afternoon, July 13. The incident reportedly happened at around 3:40 p.m. According to reports from the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the man was struck by a forklift while working at a local business. The site of the accident was located near the 1200 block of West 37th Street.

The deceased victim was later identified by local sources as 57-year-old Roberto Alvarez. The Cook County medical examiner’s office reported that he was pronounced dead nearly an hour later at 4:30 p.m. According to the medical examiner’s office, the incident took place at Midwest Carpet and Flooring at the 1201 block of W. 37th Street.

The autopsy from the incident revealed that Alvarez died due to multiple injuries sustained in the accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reportedly opened an investigation into the accident in assistance with local authorities. No further updates on the crash are currently available.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Roberto Alvarez at this time.

Chicago Deadly Workplace Accidents

In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that there were 5,250 fatal workplace accidents reported across the United States. This is a nearly 2% increase from the previous year, with 5,147 reported deadly workplace accidents. The most common type of fatal accident occurring on the job involve transportation. There were 2,080 fatal transportation events in the workplace in 2018, accounting for around 40% of work-related fatalities. In 2018, 21.1% of deadly workplace incidents occurred in the construction industry. In the construction industry, the leading cause of death on the job involves serious falls. Falls are number one on the “fatal four” list, with being struck by an object coming in at second, accounting for 11.1% of deadly incidents in the construction industry.

Family members are often left reeling after a loved one’s life is tragically cut short due to the negligence of another, and recovering can be a difficult battle for surviving family members who are left to pick up the pieces. It is only natural to want to grieve, and pursuing a lawsuit is usually the least of their concerns. However, an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can potentially help your family recover financial compensation resulting from your devastating loss.

At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we take the utmost care and deliberation to do everything possible to obtain compensation for our clients after they have suffered the loss of a dear family member. Our Illinois wrongful death attorneys can support your family through this difficult time and bring you some peace of mind, while making sure that the at-fault party is held responsible. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 if you have unfairly lost a family member in a deadly Illinois workplace accident.

Note: As a result of the secondary sources that were used to complete this post, the information included within has not been independently verified by our own staff and may include misinformation. If you read something that, to your knowledge, is incorrect, please contact us as soon as possible and we will correct the inaccuracy.

Disclaimer: As members of the local Chicago and broader Illinois community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. You should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation. The photographs depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene.

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