CHICAGO (AP) — A federal workplace safety agency is investigating the
death of a Chicago construction worker swept away by rising storm water in
a sewer where he was working.
Scott Allen of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says
investigators are on the scene. They're trying to determine the chain of
events Wednesday evening that led to the death of the 25-year-old suburban
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the victim as Gustavo
Briceno Jr. of Glendale Heights.
He disappeared at about 8:30 p.m. during a violent thunderstorm and his
body was found a few hours later.
Authorities say Briceno was a private contractor working to reline a sewer
that quickly filled with water just minutes after the National Weather
Service issued a flash flood warning for the area.