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OSHA opens investigation into Chicago Assembly Plant death
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OSHA opens investigation into Chicago Assembly Plant death

CHICAGO — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into a fatal accident at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch over the weekend.

A 45-year-old Carol Stream resident, John J. Jaloway, a husband and father of four young children, died when an 8-by-8-foot wall fell on him in the automotive factory at 12600 S. Torrence Ave. on the Calumet River. Another worker was critically injured when he tried to help.

Jaloway worked for the contractor, Litgen Concrete Cutting & Coring Co., which was moving a section of concrete wall at the plant so a double door could be installed, OSHA Spokesman Scott Allen said.

“The section of the wall being cut was 76-½-inches-by-86-½-inches thick,” Allen said. “Upon making his final cut, the wall collapsed and pinned the employee under it. OSHA has opened an investigation with Litgen Concrete Cutting & Coring Co.”

Litgen Concrete Cutting & Coring Co. paid $2,633 for four serious safety violations in 2008 when it still had an office in Indianapolis. The Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based concrete contractor has not faced any fines for safety violations in the last seven years.

OHSA will have up to six months to finish the investigation.

A GoFundMe page has been established for the Jaloway’s family. To donate, visit


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