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Chicago, IL—the family of a man who was crushed and killed while working on a construction project at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant in Chicago has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Jose Meza was working on a construction project at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant when he was crushed by industrial equipment on November 30, 2009. While using a skid steer loader during construction of industrial fencing and at gates, his body harness became entangled with the equipment. As a result, he was thrown to the ground and crushed to death by the machine, according to the lawsuit filed by his family in Cook County Circuit Court.

Jose’s wife filed the wrongful-death lawsuit, which names as defendants the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and the Pennsylvania-based maker of the loader machine. Jose was an ironworker and was working for Industrial Fence, Inc. on the water project at the time of his death. However, his employer is not named as a defendant in the suit. He left behind three young children.

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