Worker Fatally Falls From Refrigeration Unit At Crest Hill Facility

Illinois workplace accidents happen for a variety of reasons.  Accident causes include lack of supervision; lack of focus on safety; poor employee training; lack of communication; unsafe work conditions; defective equipment; and improper and/or inadequate tools.  Many of these causes can be traced back to poor management practices and/or attempts to save money.

However, there are many other reasons that can play a role in whether an employee is injured or killed while working.  Many fatal workplace accidents seem avoidable.

As with any accident in which someone has been hurt or fatally injured, a qualified personal injury lawyer can determine if there was negligence involved and whether accident injury compensation may be attainable.  Depending upon the specifics of the accident, the filing of a personal injury lawsuit may be appropriate.  In the case of a fatal accident, the filing of a wrongful death suit may be warranted.

There was a fatal work accident Friday (January 13, 2017) in Crest Hill.  Details on the accident appear limited at this time.

According to preliminary information, the accident involved an electrician (Brian Cummings, 60, of Des Plaines) falling off of a refrigeration unit.  He fell 40 feet.  He was pronounced dead after being taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

The accident happened within Rich Products.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this fatal Illinois workplace accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 14, 2017 The Herald-News article titled “Worker dies after 40-foot fall at Crest Hill manufacturing facility” as well as the January 14 Joliet Patch article titled “Fatal Fall:  Electrician Killed In 40-foot Plunge.”


Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.