OSHA Probing Glenbrook Hospital Construction Site Death – Glenview, IL

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigators were at Glenbrook Hospital today looking into the death of a worker killed at a hospital construction site.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death of 43-year-old Kenneth Puplava of Portage, IN, accidental.

“This incident will be thoroughly investigated by the appropriate organizations and the contractor in the coming days,” said Glenbrook Hospital President Doug Silverstein in a written statement. “While this process works itself out, we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to this individual’s family, and co-workers.”

Paramedics were called and hospital staff rushed to the scene when a support beam fell on Puplava. Efforts to save him by a waiting trauma team were unsuccessful.

Paramedics were dispatched to the scene at 1:23 p.m. Tuesday. Puplava was pronounced dead less than an hour later at 2:07 p.m., said Glenview Police Cmdr. Jeff Ader.

Ader there was some initial confusion as to whether Puplava was dead or alive after a beam that supported a building canopy fell on him.

Ader said there was no evidence of foul play.

OSHA Area Director Diane Turek said construction sites must be operated under strict OSHA guidelines. Legally, OSHA has six months to conduct an investigation, said Turek, though the investigation could take less time.

Glenbrook Hospital is in the midst of a $100 million dollar renovation project. Puplava worked for a subcontractor for Pepper Construction, the project’s primary contractor.

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