Steel worker killed in accident at Indiana Harbor facility

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A Schererville man has died from injuries sustained in a Sept. 15 workplace accident at a steel mill in East Chicago.

Michael Osika, of the 700 block off Moraine Street, died Saturday at the University of Chicago Medical Center as a result of his injuries from the accident at the Cleveland-Cliffs Indiana Harbor facility, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. He was 44.

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Details have not yet been released, but in a statement, Cleveland-Cliffs spokeswoman Patricia Persico said that “a serious accident occurred while an employee was performing a routine job in the ladle maintenance area on Thursday, Sept. 15.” She declined to release other personal details.

“Cleveland-Cliffs extends its deepest condolences to the employee’s family and the company will provide much needed support to the family during this difficult time,” Persico said in the statement.

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Mike Millsap, director of United Steelworkers Union District 7, did not respond.

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