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Steelworker killed in accident at Indiana Harbor facility

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A Schererville man is dead from injuries he sustained during a September 15 work accident at an East Chicago steel mill.

Michael Osika, of the 700 block of Moraine Street, died Saturday at the University of Chicago Medical Center as a result of his injuries from the accident at Cleveland-Cliffs’s 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 a worker was conducting a routine task at the operation’s ladle maintenance area on Thursday, Sept. 15.” She declined to release other personal details.

“Cleveland-Cliffs expresses its deepest sympathies to the employee’s family, and the Company will provide the necessary support to the family during this difficult time,” Persico said in the statement.

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United Steelworkers Union District 7 Director Mike Millsap didn’t return a call for comment.

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