The widow of an electrician who died in a work accident at an Illinois shopping mall has brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the signage company that subcontracted his employer. The mall operator and management company were also named in the complaint.
Donald Tentler II, 47, was putting up a sign on the bell tower at the Geneva Commons shopping mall in Geneva, Illinois. He suffocated to death after being pinned down by an aerial lift. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the February 2017 accident.
Lydia Tentler, the electrician’s widow and estate administrator, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in December 2018. She alleged that Quantum Sign Corp, Mid-America Asset Management and Geneva Commons LLC were negligent and liable for the jobsite where her husband died.
According to the complaint, the companies had control over the worksite. As a result, they had a duty to ensure the safety of Tentler and other workers. They also had the right to stop work on the bell tower if there were any hazardous conditions. The suit claimed that Mid-America knew or should have known about the faulty aerial lift and the potential risks it created for workers.
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