U.S. Steel Worker Seriously Injured on Tracks After the Repair Had Been Cancelled

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Shortly after midnight last Wednesday morning, a U.S. Steel Gary Works employee was seriously injured when the transfer car he was operating, which moves coke and lime to the blast furnaces, left the tracks. The car plummeted 25 feet into the ore yard below in what steel workers call a “crush.” The steel worker was seriously injured, having to be flown to Loyola Hospital from the accident site.

Union representatives are blaming a failure of a girder under the transfer car as the reason for the accident. Furthermore, the Union is reporting that the support girder under the tracks shows evidence of a “catastrophic failure,” and that repair work was scheduled but had been cancelled which means U.S. Steel was aware of the dangerous condition.

Here is yet another example of a steel worker who has been seriously injured in a work environment that is notoriously dangerous. And from the information that was provided by the Union to the media, it was an accident that would not have happened if the repairs had taken place. Money was chosen over safety: who will explain that to the injured worker and his loved ones?

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