Construction worker pinned under forklift, critically hurt at Museum of Science and Industry

The 51-year-old man was bumped by the forklift about 10:30 p.m. and fell into a hole, closely followed by the forklift, officials said.

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Chicago fire officials work to remove the forklift that injured a 51-year-old man Sept. 30, 2019 from a hole at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Chicago fire officials work to remove the forklift that injured a 51-year-old man Sept. 30, 2019 from a hole at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Chicago Fire Department

A construction worker was critically injured Monday after being pinned under a forklift at the Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park.

The worker, a 51-year-old man, was bumped by the forklift about 10:30 p.m. and fell into a 6-foot hole at the museum, 5700 S. Cornell Dr., Chicago police and fire officials said. The forklift then fell in on top of him, pinning him in the hole for about 45 minutes as fire crews worked with a variety of special equipment to get him out.

The man was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, officials said. He is expected to survive his injuries.

Museum officials said the man was working on a yearlong renovation project to modernize the building when he was injured.

“We take the safety and well-being of everyone onsite at MSI very seriously and are working with the contractor to thoroughly review the situation,” spokeswoman Amy Patti wrote in a statement. “Our thoughts are with him and his loved ones.”

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