CHICAGO – Bodies falling from overhead racks and other hazards at the Chicago area’s main morgue have threatened workers’ safety, according to details of a state investigation published Friday.
The Illinois Department of Labor began its review of the Cook County morgue in January, around the same time media reports revealed that bodies were piling up beyond capacity in the facility’s coolers. After months of pressure over the revelations, the embattled medical examiner, Dr. Nancy Jones, will resign next month, and four other employees have been fired, officials announced last week.
The Chicago Tribune obtained a copy of the Labor Department report, which was presented to county officials Thursday.
The agency found 21 shortcomings, including a failure by morgue administrators to provide required hepatitis B vaccinations to workers who could be exposed to the disease.