Medical examiner says metals plant death was accident

2013-04-05T20:45:00Z 2013-04-05T23:25:16Z Medical examiner says metals plant death was accidentGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 05, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

CHICAGO | The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled Friday that the death of an employee at a metals plant in Chicago Heights was an accident.

An autopsy was performed Friday morning on Roselio Cruz, 60, of South Holland. Officials issued a two-part conclusion, saying that Cruz died from “multiple injuries” and also classifying his death as an “industrial product machine accident.”

Cruz was found Thursday morning at the Vesuvius USA plant at 333 State St. in Chicago Heights, lying unresponsive in a hopper. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were unable to say how Cruz got into the hopper or why he was there.

Officials with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration also are investigating the death.

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