Cemetery Worker Dies On The Job

A cemetery might seem a pretty safe place to work, but that wasn't the case for a suburban Chicago man who died Friday afternoon after a lawnmower fell on his head.

The worker, Francisco Chavez, 40, was underneath the mower, which was supported by a jack. As he was attempting to fix a hydraulic pump, the lawnmower toppled off its support, CBS Radio in Chicago reported.

The incident took place at about 3:55 p.m. local time. Chavez was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead about a half hour later.

The death, ruled an accident by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, was attributed to head injuries cause from the lawnmower slipping off the jack.

Each year, about 86,000 Americans seek hospital treatment for injuries related to lawnmowers, according to Consumer Reports magazine. About 100 of those incidents result in deaths.


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jle7750

People are just rude and thoughtless jerks. I'm sure none of you have ever done anything you think may be a shortcut, we all have or do so be honest with each other. A human being has died and probably left behind family and friends.Try to be sensitive even if it kills you.

September 08 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill

Beware of haunted lawn mowers. Grandma was mad cause he mowed down the flowers. But seriously, this should be a wake up call for anyone that uses jacks to work under cars or mowers. RIP Francisco, may your demise be a lesson for others so they do not suffer the same fate. Condolences to the family.

August 23 2011 at 5:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ron

Technically he didn't die on the job as he passed away at the hospital.

August 23 2011 at 1:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Joebudgie

A 40 year old man dies in an accident and all the idiots think it's time to showcase their sick comedy acts. I'm embarrassed to use the same language as these jerks. RIP Francisco Chavez and condolences to your family and friends.

August 23 2011 at 12:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
herenmass

Here today....lawn tomorrow

August 22 2011 at 11:07 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Security Man

Terrible! Another needless workplace fatality. But some lawyer will sue the company that owns the cemetery for millions of dollars because the worker was not trained how to use jack-stands and lots of people, like lawyers, judges, expert witnesses, court reporters, OSHA, and such will make money off of the poor man's death.

August 22 2011 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mikie walker

poor man .but he should not have been alone on this and you always use a backup jack. well i pray for his family and may he rest in peace..and for all the jerks that post a wise crack on the man. remember next time it COULD be YOU.

August 22 2011 at 10:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Dallas

The lawn mower fell off the jack so it appears that the jack didn't do it's job. Right? Wrong, a jack is used for lifting at which time the dumbass preparing to crawl under and work is supposed to place jack stands to support the weight thus preventing an accident. Hospital emergency rooms see plenty of dumbass's that try to hold up heavy machines with their chests. A few of these idiots know they need to put supports under and not rely on a jack to support the weight but think cement blocks work great since they have nice flat surfaces, are stackable, resist sinking into the ground, and can go anywhere under for suppost. Fraid not, the web part of the block is the weakest,and the weight is usually concentrated in one small area so the block cracks and splits leading to failure, it just isn't safe. Let's face it, anyone that winds up dead after doing something stupid didn't learn much did they?
These are some of the guys to that wash parts in gasoline with a lit cigarett hanging from their lip.
Too many people are stupid and don't want to change it.

August 22 2011 at 10:08 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
THERESA H.

awwwwwwwww!!! so sad. my condolences to the family.

August 22 2011 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vincent

Why should i sign out. It is dispicable that a great many of us are unable to spell manual.

August 22 2011 at 9:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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