A Chicago man was killed Wednesday when he was crushed by an 18,500 pound metal coil. The workplace accident occurred at the Material Sciences Corporation located in the 2200 block of Pratt Boulevard in Elk Grove Village, IL. Material Sciences Corporation reportedly provides material based services and coating for use in automotive, home appliance and telecommunications materials among others. The accident claimed the life of 63 year-old Dennis Woods of 706 Lincoln Ave. in West Chicago, IL. According to reports, Woods was killed just before 4 p.m. when a heavy coil fell from a piece of machinery crushing him.
The Elk Grove Village Police Department reportedly responded to the incident around 4 p.m. Woods was pronounced dead by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office later that day. The circumstances surrounding the death are still being investigated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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