Contractor, 50, dies after falling at Caterpillar Mapleton plant


MAPLETON, Ill. (WMBD) — A 50-year-old East Peoria man died after falling from a significant height at the Caterpillar Mapleton Foundry, the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, Timber-Hollis Fire Department, and AMT responded to the scene at about 9:40 a.m. on Thursday.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood identified the man as Scott Adams. He said Adams was pronounced dead at the plant around 11 a.m. Thursday. He worked for a local contractor and was working on the property.

The incident is still under investigation by Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

Caterpillar Corporate Spokesperson Kate Kenny sent a statement to WMBD in response to the incident.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of a third-party service provider employee who was involved in an accident in our Mapleton facility on Dec. 23. Our thoughts are with the worker’s family, friends, and colleagues. We strive each day to have a safe workspace for our employees, contractors, and visitors. As this accident is currently under review, we are not able to provide any additional information at this time.”

Kate Kenny, Caterpillar Corporate Media & Public Affairs Manager

At this time, an autopsy is pending.

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