4: Steel Worker Killed in Machinery Accident

Source: Kittipong Jirasukhanont - 123RF

Schaumburg, IL – Federal and local authorities are investigating the death of a 26-year-old worker at a steel supply company.

The accident occurred on Thursday around 11 am EST. The Tribune reports the details of the accident are unknown at this stage, and investigators are on the scene and conducting interviews with the employer, employees and any potential witnesses, to try to determine what occurred.

According to the Tribune report, the accident occurred at the Earle Jorgensen Co., which is also known as EMJ Metals, 1900 Mitchell Drive in Schaumburg.

The victim, identified as Adrian Gomez, was an employee of a third-party equipment maintenance contractor.

EMJ Metals has more than 30 locations across the country, according to its website. It is “a leading supplier of steel and aluminum bar, tubing, and plate to manufacturing companies.”

No further details of the accident are available.

A statement from the company supplied to SUN News Report, states: “We at Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. and our subsidiary Earle M. Jorgensen Company are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Adrian Gomez that occurred at EMJ’s Schaumburg, Illinois, location yesterday.

“Reliance and EMJ are working with the authorities to investigate this terrible accident and we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Mr. Gomez’ s family, friends, and colleagues.”

Three years ago, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana, a welder at the U.S. Steel Slab Storage Yard in Gary, Indiana, was killed on the job at a steel mill.

Similarly, a 57-year-old worker was fatally injured on the job at a steel manufacturer in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

According to data released by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in December 2016, there were 4,836 on the job deaths recorded in 2015, the highest total recorded since 2008. This averages to about 13 deaths every day.