EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — A contractor was killed and two
others were injured Wednesday when debris fell onto them as they worked at
ArcelorMittal's sprawling northwestern Indiana steelmaking complex, police
Michael Samuelson, 39, of Valparaiso died Wednesday morning from blunt force
trauma to the body, the Lake County coroner's office said. The coroner ruled
Samuelson's death accidental.
East Chicago police Lt. Marguerite Wilder said falling debris struck
Samuelson and two other contractors as they worked at ArcelorMittal's No. 3
steel production plant in Indiana Harbor West.
"They were doing some type of work at the facility when debris fell," Wilder
told The Times.
The two injured workers were taken to a hospital, where their conditions
were not immediately available, although ArcelorMittal spokesman William
Steers said their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
The company has launched a joint investigation into the deadly accident
enlisting both management and the United Steelworkers union.
ArcelorMittal spokesman William Steers said the company "is extremely
saddened" by Samuelson's death.
"The ArcelorMittal family extends our deepest sympathy to the family and
friends of the deceased and those injured," he said.
United Steelworkers Local 1011 President Lonnie Asher said no mill employees
were injured and that an investigation was beginning into the accident's
Wilder said police plan to do a follow-up investigation.