Contractor killed, 2 hurt at ArcelorMittal complex

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) Police say a contractor was killed and two others were injured at ArcelorMittal's northwestern Indiana steelmaking complex when they were struck by falling debris.

The Lake County Coroner's office says 39-year-old Michael Samuelson of Valparaiso died Wednesday morning from blunt force trauma to the body.

East Chicago police Lt. Marguerite Wilder tells The Times that falling debris struck Samuelson and two other contractors working at ArcelorMittal's No. 3 steel production facility at Indiana Harbor West in East Chicago.

ArcelorMittal spokesman William Steers says the two other contractors' injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. He says the company "is extremely saddened" by Samuelson's death.

ArcelorMittal has launched a joint investigation into the accident enlisting both management and the United Steelworkers union.

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