Construction Worker Dies After Fall in Crest Hill

Posted: 8/17/2016

Construction worker dies following fall

Crest Hill, IL -- A construction worker from Iowa died when he fell from a beam while working on decking for a building under construction.

Fernando Gamez, 42, was pronounced dead at 10:51am at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.  He was working on a Rich Products building when the accident happened.

OSHA, Crest Hill Police, and Ortner Construction are investigating the accident.  In 2014, Ortner Construction - who Gamez worked for - was cited for "lack of frequent and regular inspections of the job site and for equipment, materials, and employees not standing firmly on the floor of an aerial lift.

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