Joliet Police Report Workplace Death

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On April 9, 2024, at 3:40 p.m., Officers responded to a building at 225 Maple St. for a report of an injured person who had fallen in an elevator shaft.

Upon arrival, Officers located an unresponsive 23-year-old male victim at the scene. Officers immediately rendered medical assistance until arrival of Joliet Fire Department Paramedics.

Officers learned that the male was among other employees on the second floor of the building. It is believed that the male was assisting in carrying cabinets from the elevator at which time the elevator began rising to a higher floor while the elevator door remained open, blocked by the cabinets. It is believed the male attempted to escape from the rising elevator and became caught between the elevator floor and the second-floor ceiling before falling into the elevator shaft.

The victim was transported to Silver Cross Hospital by the Joliet Fire Department, where he was pronounced deceased.

The death is believed to be accidental in nature as Officers found no signs of foul play.

Identification of the victim and manner of death will be determined by the Will County Coroner’s Office.

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