Posted On: February 24, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

East Chicago Steel Plant Explosion Injures Three Workers

Three workers were injured earlier this month when an explosion occurred at an East Chicago steel plant. The workers, 36-year-old Tracy Sandoval, 41-year-old James Broviak, and 55-year-old Jeff Schnebel, were at a blast furnace slag pit when the work accident happened. All three workers are subcontractors.

Sandoval sustained a serious head injury, and Schnebel, who sustained third-degree burns, is being treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Burn Unit. Broviak sustained minor injuries. Local police say the explosion occurred when a large quantity of slag was placed in the water.

Working at a steel plant can be a dangerous job. Employees are dealing with heavy machinery and certain hazardous materials. This is why it is so important that the proper safety procedures are implemented and workers are properly trained, supervised, and equipped with the correct gear. Also, all equipment and machinery at the work site must be properly maintained and operated safely and correctly.

Injuries sustained in a machinery accident or a steel plant blast can result in catastrophic injuries for the workers involved. The worker may need weeks or longer to recover and there is a possibility that he or she may never be able to work again.

You must take the proper steps to make sure that you receive all of the workers’ compensation benefits you are owed. Retaining the services of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can ensure that you are paid on time and that any disputes with your employer’s insurer are successfully dealt with by someone who is advocating on your behalf. Your lawyer can also determine if any liable third parties should be sued for personal injury.

Slag explosion injures three at ArcelorMittal mill in East Chicago, Post-Tribune, February 17, 2009

Accident at East Chicago steel plant under investigation,, February 16, 2009

Two workers still hospitalized after explosion at ArcelorMittal steel mill in East Chicago, Post-Tribune, February 19, 2009

Related Web Resource:
Industrial Accidents, Chicago Tribune

Contact the Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates, PC and ask for your free consultation with an experienced Chicago workers' compensation lawyer.

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