Another City of Chicago Workers dies to to lack of safety on the South Side

The City of Chicago has been henpecked by me for years to encourage safety. Day after Day for years, I called and called requesting trench shoring and safety opening policies. I am happy to report the City of Chicago Department of Water Management has improved; the wait to full compliance is a long and painful journey. I am surprised the Unions have not been more diligent in the safety concerns of the members. Today, a tragic and painful reminder has reared its ugly head, a Chicago Park District Worker died. (Mann Park) It seems the worker fell head first into an opening and drowned; I cannot imagine a more tragic death. I need to say it again, the people that work for the City of Chicago must understand, work safe, period. I hope Mayor Daley takes time to visit this poor man's family and give them comfort. If someone has information on Gene's family forward it to me so we can get a fund going. I hope everyone understands the stress Chicago workers face and realize Chicago Workers put their lives on the line every day. Worry about having a job tomorrow weighs heavy on all Chicago City Employees. Rest in Peace brother. Patrick McDonough P.S. I hope the buddy system was in place to help save this man's life, I heard it was not!

3 Replies to “Another City of Chicago Workers dies to to lack of safety on the South Side”

  1. June 16, 2009

    A Chicago Park District employee apparently drowned after he ended up in a catch basin in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the Far Southeast Side on Tuesday morning.

    Paramedics responded about 10 a.m. to reports of a man stuck in a hole on the 13100 block of South Carondolet Avenue, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Quention Curtis.

    The victim — a 59-year-old man who works for the Park District — was discovered partially submerged in a catch basin, according to police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines. The incident occurred near Mann Park on the 2900 block of East 131st Street.

    The man was pulled out of a sewer and paramedics administered CPR on the scene, Fire Media Director Larry Langford said.

    Calls for rescue crews were canceled because the man was not trapped, Langford said. He was taken to Saint Margaret Mercy Hospital in Hammond in critical condition.

    Jeff Wells, spokesman for the Lake County (Ind.) Coroner’s office, confirmed that the man had died at Saint Margaret, but said a cause of death would not be known until an autopsy is performed Wednesday.

  2. I am Gene’s neice. His wife Pauline Daniels of more than 25 years, 8734 South Merrill, Chicago, IL 60649.

    The services is at AR Leak Saturday. His viewing is Friday evening.

    Thank you for your kind words.

  3. I am the neice of William Gene Daniels and wanted to update you on the memorial service. He will have a memorial service this Saturday at Leak Funeral Home on 78th Cottage Grove from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. His wife Pauline and the rest of the family appreciates all of your kind remarks and expressions of love during this difficult time. God bless you all.

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