GARY - A maintenance worker at U.S. Steel Group's Gary Works was killed
Wednesday in an accident at the plant's electrogalvanizing line.
Louis Rizo, 43, of Chicago suffered fatal injuries when he became entangled
in a pipe threading machine.
There were no witnesses to the accident. Rizo was found by co-workers about
Plant officials are investigating the cause of the accident.
Rizo, a 21-year U.S. Steel veteran, is survived by his wife and two children.
He worked at the company's former South Works in Chicago before going to
Gary Works in early 1993.
The last fatal accident at Gary Works - and for U.S. Steel - occurred in
Rizo's death marks the second steel industry fatality in Northwest Indiana
Last week, Jesse Avery, 53, of Gary was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning
at Inland Steel Co.'s Indiana Harbor Works in East Chicago. The accident sent
seven other people to the hospital.
An investigation showed the leak was caused by an ice blockage in a venting