OSHA investigating death of Chicago man at Niles laundry business

SHARE OSHA investigating death of Chicago man at Niles laundry business

EcoDirect Laundry and Cleaners, 6973 N. Austin in Niles | Google

A laundry and cleaning shop in North suburban Niles is being investigated after the death of an employee Tuesday night.

A 42-year-old Chicago man died in an industrial accident after becoming trapped between a laundry conveyor belt and a dryer about 10:40 p.m. at EcoDirect Laundry and Cleaners, 6977 N. Austin,  according to the Niles Police.

Pascual Gonzalez-Hernandez was found dead at the scene, according to police. Investigators believe he was trying to remove a towel that was hanging from the dryer in front of the conveyor belt when he became stuck about 10 p.m.

He was found by another employee when they noticed a washer and the dryer were not working, police said.

An investigation of Eco Direct Laundry and Cleaners was opened Wednesday morning by the The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The administration has up to six months to complete their investigation and issue citations or penalties if they find Eco Direct violated health or safety regulations, OSHA said in an email Wednesday.

An autopsy Wednesday found Gonzalez-Hernandez died of head injuries in an industrial accident, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. He lived in the Ravenswood neighborhood.

The Latest
Out of necessity, the Hawks used Dickinson in a more offensive role the second half of last season. Now back on a new-look fourth line with Nick Foligno and Corey Perry, though, he feels more at home.
The long-running sketch comedy show will premiere Season 49 on Oct. 14, NBC announced Wednesday.
NASCAR returns to Chicago despite pushback from politicians and downtown residents as Mayor Brandon Johnson cites new financial terms.
Bonnie Raitt’s post-Grammy victory tour, a Broadway-bound Louis Armstrong musical and the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns are among this week’s entertainment highlights.
Phasing out the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers has been teed up for a final vote on Friday. The City Council also created a working group to study reopening shuttered mental health clinics and held a hearing on a plan to create a dedicated fund to combat homelessness.