Worker killed in accident at U.S. Steel's Gary plant

1994-01-27T00:00:00Z Worker killed in accident at U.S. Steel's Gary plantTimes Staff Report nwitimes.com
January 27, 1994 12:00 am  • 

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

11:15 a.m.

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

July 1992.

Rizo's death marks the second steel industry fatality in Northwest Indiana

this year.

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

stack.

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