CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered Thursday morning at a metals plant in Chicago Heights.
The Police Department issued a statement saying they and Fire Department paramedics were called about 7 a.m. to the Vesuvius metals plant at 333 State St.
When they arrived, they found Roselio Cruz, 60, of South Holland, lying unresponsive in a hopper at the plant. A hopper is a container for bulk material such as grain, rock or trash that tapers downward and is able to discharge its contents. It is not known if Cruz works at the plant.
Cruz was pronounced dead at 7:35 a.m. at the scene.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office plans to perform an autopsy.
Also notified about the incident were officials with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will conduct its own investigation into the matter.
Police said it was not known how Cruz got into the hopper or what caused his death.
Police referred other questions to Vesuvius officials. Calls made Thursday to the company’s offices were not answered.