Employee seriously injured at Cargill plant in East Chicago

2013-01-24T11:14:00Z 2013-01-24T20:01:34Z Employee seriously injured at Cargill plant in East ChicagoLauri Harvey Keagle and Bowdeya Tweh Times Staff nwitimes.com
January 24, 2013 11:14 am  • 

EAST CHICAGO | An employee at Cargill Inc. in East Chicago suffered serious injuries Wednesday night after a bundle of steel plates fell from a crane, trapping his legs underneath, officials said.

Emergency crews responded to Cargill, 4303 Kennedy St., at 8:34 p.m. and found the man's legs trapped by steel plates, East Chicago fire Capt. Damon Carpenter said.

Emergency crews worked to free the man and transported him to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago.

The employee's injuries were listed as serious, Cargill spokesman Pete Stoddart said. The company is not releasing further details about the employee in an effort to protect his privacy, he said.

One other person was injured in the accident, Stoddart said. Those injuries did not require hospitalization.

Cargill launched an internal investigation and is working with the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration on its probe of the matter, Stoddart said.

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