A steelworker in Gary, Indiana is recovering from injuries sustained last week in a workplace incident at Gary Works, a sprawling steel mill along Lake Michigan.
News sources say the man, a maintenance technician, was working on a blast furnace when the incident occurred, leaving him with multiple serious injuries. He was transported to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in downtown Gary for treatment.
Efforts were reportedly underway at the time to restore the blast furnaces, which had been shut down due to flooding caused by a leak in a pipe that conveys water from Lake Michigan into the mill to cool furnaces.
Hot-rolled, cold-rolled and galvanized sheet steel products for the auto, appliance manufacturing and construction industries are produced at the mill, as well as tin products for cans.
Steel mill employees are potentially exposed to burns from hot temperatures, falls from catwalks and crushing injuries from moving large equipment.