Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Construction worker Christopher J. Verstraete with Miller's Total Comfort, Inc. died after he suffered an incised wound to the neck

JOLIET, ILL – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an inspection of a Joliet work site where a Miller Total Comfort employee was killed.

Christopher J. Verstraete, 33, of Lake in the Hills, died Friday after a workplace incident and preliminary autopsy reports revealed he suffered an incised wound to the neck. He was sent to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Verstraete was a construction worker for the St. Charles-based company and was involved in a “workplace mishap” in the 1100 block of Van Dyke Road, according to the Will County Coroner's Office.

Miller Total Comfort has no prior history with OSHA, according to U.S. Department of Labor spokeswoman Rhonda Burke.

Miller Total Comfort did not return a call seeking comment Monday.

Joliet police also are investigating. The final cause and manner of Verstraete’s death is pending police, OSHA, autopsy and toxicological reports.