On February 3, 2017, Geneva Fire Department rescue efforts failed to save Donald J. Tentler, 47, of West Dundee at the Geneva Commons shopping center. Tentler, a construction worker, had attempted to install a sign on the parking lot tower when he became trapped between a crane and the tower.
The Geneva Fire Department arrived at 11:48 a.m. after a call was received that reported that a construction worker was trapped in the tower. Geneva Police Chief Eric Passarelli was among the first responders to arrive at the scene. He found Tentler in critical condition. Tentler was unconscious and unresponsive to first responders.
Tentler was one of two construction workers in the tower with a third construction worker on the ground. The Geneva Police Department, Kane County Coroner’s Office and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration are all currently investigating the death with an autopsy of Tentler scheduled for February 6, 2017. It is unknown whether Tentler suffocated or broke his neck in the tower.
Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continues to protect the rights of injured workers. Employers, municipalities, businesses and insurance companies should ensure safe conditions for Illinois workers, especially in the construction industry. If they needlessly endanger Illinois workers, they should be held accountable to the full extent under the law and the injured workers shall be fully and fairly compensated for their injuries.