Family of worker killed in city flooding seeks answers

Family members of worker who died when heavy rain water rushed into a sewer where he was working say he always feared for his safety on the job.

25-year-old Gustavo Briceno died in the sewer line last night in the Avondale neighborhood.

His body was found two hours later and had been carried about a block away.

The Kenny Construction employee removed his harness to reach a confined space, when the rushing water pushed his body through the line.

A co-worker with him was strapped into his harness and pulled to safety.

The Occupational Safety and Health administration is investigating the fatal accident and could have its findings ready in several months.

Briceno of west suburban Glendale Heights leaves behind his wife and three young children.

1 Comment

  • Dick Beninya

    Do they understand that harnesses are required to be worn in all confined spaces! Did someone else take his harness off of him, or did he remove it himself?

    It’s always someone else’s fault….

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