The Gary Works steel plant in Gary, Indiana was the site of an industrial plant injury that hospitalized a maintenance technician who was working on a blast furnace at the time. According to United Steelworkers District 7 Director Mike Millsap, the man is a member of their union, and as a result of suffering several injuries, he was taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in downtown Gary. He is expected to survive, though there was no immediate word on his condition.
Describing what he knew about the industrial plant injury, Millsap said, “We had a worker that got seriously hurt with several injuries but none life-threatening. All I know is he is a maintenance technician and was working on (a blast furnace) and he got hit by something.” The blast furnaces had been shut down the day before Thanksgiving as a result of significant flooding caused by a leak in the service water line that brings water from nearby Lake Michigan to cool the plant’s furnaces.
Steel Company Had Recently Reported Lower Industrial Plant Injury Rate
U.S. Steel operates the Gary Plant and had recently reported a significant reduction in the number of industrial plant injuries being experienced in the region. On a recent conference call with inspectors, they indicated that their Occupational Health and Safety Administration Recordable Incident Rate had dropped from .0147 per 200,000 man-hours worked in 2017 to .011 per 200,000 hours in the third quarter of 2019.
The risk of suffering an industrial plant injury while working in a steel plant is high, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks steelworker as the sixth most deadly job in the country as a result of the high temperatures, heavy moving equipment, and risk for falling from a height that is common in the workplace.