Iron workers across Illinois know that some aspects of their job can be dangerous. When incidents occur that cause an injury or fatality, investigators usually try to determine the cause in order to prevent such accidents from happening in the future. A recent workplace accident at an ArcelorMittal steel plant that killed one iron worker and injured two others is currently under investigation by ArcelorMittal and the United Steelworkers. Reports indicate that the OSHA and coroner’s office are also conducting investigations.
The details of the accident were not reported. A 39-year-old contractor working at the plant, which is located just outside Chicago, died from blunt force trauma. According to reports, the decedent was working near the oxygen furnace at the time the workplace accident occurred. The county coroner pronounced him at 7:16 a.m. and ruled his death as accidental.
The two other workers who sustained injuries in the incident were taken to a nearby hospital. The hospital did not release information about their conditions. However, their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
As the investigators work to discover the cause of this tragic workplace accident, the injured workers and the family of the decedent may find it beneficial to seek legal advice about their eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. Here in Illinois, injured workers may receive compensation to cover medical costs and lost wages, while dependent family members of the decedent may be eligible for death benefits. Knowing what is available may help everyone ensure that they get the maximum amount of compensation that they are entitled to receive under law.
Source: CBS Chicago, Man Killed In Work Accident At Indiana Steel Mill, No author, Nov. 14, 2013