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Cargill service center ops on hold after accident

Keywords: Tags  Cargill, East Chicago, steel service center, injury, hot-rolled coil, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, Samuel Frizell

NEW YORK — Operations at Cargill Inc.’s East Chicago, Ind., service center will be halted until later this week after an employee was seriously injured in an accident Jan. 23.

“Operations were halted,” a Cargill spokesman told AMM. “It’s not clear yet as to when we’re going to be back to full activity. Some activities have resumed but we have not gotten back to full activity yet, and we expect to this week.”

The employee was injured after a bundle of steel plates fell from a crane, trapping his legs underneath.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Indiana branch is expected to conduct any safety investigations relating to the incident, the spokesman said.

The spokesman told AMM that the Indiana flat-rolled steel facility–one of seven Cargill operates around the United States that focuses on hot-rolled band, pickled and oiled cold-rolled steel and tin mill products–is one of the Minneapolis-based company’s larger service centers, but declined to disclose production volumes.

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