Cook County Medical Examiner to Resign Over Morgue Safety Violations

Report: Morgue Employees Unsafe from Falling Bodies, Blood Spatter, Hepatitis B

ByABC News
June 30, 2012, 6:05 PM

June 30, 2012— -- A state agency found almost two dozen safety violations at the Cook County Morgue in Chicago, revealing horrors from falling bodies to exposure to hepatitis B.

Cook County's medical examiner will resign next month, and four other employees have already been fired, according to ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago.

Of the 21 violations in the Illinois Department of Labor report, 15 were labeled "serious." Here are a few listed in the report:

WLS-TV posted the full report here.

The findings come days after one family filed a lawsuit against the embattled morgue, alleging it lost their relative, Brian Warren, for 10 days in December 2011, the Chicago Sun Times reports. His body was there, but when family members called, morgue employees said it wasn't, the suit claims.

The family is seeking $3 million in punitive damages from Cook County Morgue and the hospital where Warren died, according to the Sun Times.