Worker dies at steel mill in East Chicago

By The Associated Press

EAST CHICAGO — A worker at an ArcelorMittal steel mill in northwestern Indiana died after he was struck by a vehicle, the company said.

The man died Tuesday after being hit by a coil tractor at the Indiana Harbor steel mill in East Chicago, ArcelorMittal spokesman William Steers said. The company and the United Steelworkers were investigating the fatality, he said.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office said 71-year-old George Salinas of Gary was pronounced dead at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday. His cause of death was pending.

United Steelworkers District 7 Director Mike Millsap said the union was investigating what happened.

Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal offered condolences to Sali as' family, saying that it was “deeply troubled by today’s incident and will make every effort to understand the cause and take measures to prevent a possible reoccurrence.”

The man's death is the fourth fatal workplace accident at ArcelorMittal's East Chicago steel mill since 2017, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

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