The pallet facility in Antioch, where the worker was injured and had an accident, had more than 20 prior safety violations.
A pallet supply facility in Antioch, where a worker was injured and trapped under pallets during a forklift accident earlier this week, has more than 20 prior federal safety violations, records show.
The Antioch Fire Department and Antioch Police Department responded around 11:05 a.m. Tuesday to Ash Pallet Management, 61 McMillen Road in Antioch, for a report of an injured person.
Approximately 12 feet of stacked pallets were moved by a forklift truck, Antioch Fire Chief John Cookfer said.
Cookfair said the pallets suddenly flipped off the forklift and fell onto an employee inside the facility.
The victim was recovered from the platforms by other employees and fire crews.
A LifeNet medical helicopter was asked to land nearby because it was initially unclear how long the rescue would take, Kokver said.
The nearest medical helicopter was not available and the nearest helicopter was very far away.
An ambulance transported the employee to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
It was not known how serious the victim’s injury was, but he was stabilized in the hospital.
The incident has been reported to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Kokver said.
OSHA opened nine separate safety and health inspections at the company from 2014 to 2023, federal records show.
Seven of the nine inspections resulted in OSHA finding one or more violations.
The seven documented investigations resulted in the issuance of 24 citations, records show.
In December 2022, OSHA fined the company more than $65,000 for serious safety violations. The company ended up paying $32,000 to settle the violations.
The citations issued were for violations involving blocked exits, lack of employee training, lack of advanced procedures and machinery without proper security.