Comcast Worker Dies After Falling From Ladder

CHICAGO (STMW) – A Comcast worker died after falling off a ladder and landing on his head Saturday morning in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

The 26-year-old man — identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Marcos Canizales — accidentally fell off a ladder and landed on his head about 9:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of North Kolin Avenue, police said. Authorities said the incident happened in an alley.

Canizales, of 2320 W. 21st St., was pronounced dead at 9:59 a.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital, the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

The victim, who worked for Comcast, was with co-workers who called authorities, according to a Grand Central District police lieutenant.

Canizales was married and the father of an 8-year-old son, friends told CBS 2.

“We are truly saddened by our sudden loss. Marcos was a great husband, father, son and brother. He will be deeply missed. We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. They are greatly appreciated,” the accident victim’s wife, Yvette Canizales, said in a written statement issued to CBS 2.

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  • matt

    May this young man rest in peace. Hard working man dies doing his job is so tragic and unfair.

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  • Roberta Waker

    Could he have been strapped to the ladder somehow; was the ladder secure; or was there anything that could have been done to avoid his falling and getting killed? I hope an investigation results in some safety pecautions that can be taken so this doesn’t happen again. Our sympathy goes out to the family of Mr. Canizales on their tragic loss.

  • Roberta Waker

    Sorry about the typo – should be safety precautions.

  • Lawrence

    I just hope that Comcast will pay his family the benefits needed to assist in this horrible work related tragedy. It seems that most cable companies are using CONTRACTOR companies in order to SAVE EXPENSE which pay little or no benefits to workers who risk their lives day in and day out. I certainly hope this is NOT the case with this fine young gentleman. This seems to be the trend with these big corporations which explains why people are so angry right now.

  • Cynthia Vasquez

    i knew him omg i can only imagine what his mom is going threw… pobrecita… may he rest in peace

  • Chubs

    Could it be that the ladder could not take his excess weight?

    • joanie134

      Chubs you must be a miserable person to post something like this. Utterly insensitive. He fell off the ladder and hit his head. Try using yours.

      It’s very sad that this young father lost his life providing for his family. My sympathy goes out to the family of Mr. Canizales on their sudden and tragic loss of Marcos.

    • esmeralda flores

      F.y.I he wasnt a big guy. only heartless fools would ask that

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  • Jessica Sandoval

    Marcos will be missed so much I personaly knew him. He was one of the most caring, responsible, and loving humand being!!! My sympathy goes to his mother, father and his sisters. we love you.

  • Cristal Garcia

    he was a great guy and will be truly missed! as a friend it was really hard to accept that this was real. i could only imagine what the pain of his wife and mother is like. Marcos, you will always live in our hearts

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