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Man Dies in Hopper Collapse at Illinois Concrete Plant

November 30, 2018

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Man Dies in Hopper Collapse at Illinois Concrete Plant
The Ozinga facility in Lemont, IL. Image courtesy of Google Maps

A 30-year-old man was killed in an industrial accident last Monday afternoon at the Ozinga concrete plant in Lemont, IL, local news organizations reported. The company issued a statement on Thursday confirming the worker’s death. 

“An employee operator was fatally injured when the hopper used to supply material to a conveyor collapsed striking the employee,” a statement by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reprinted by the Chicago Sun-Timessaid.  

Michael McClaren was pronounced dead at 2:15 p.m. at the plant on Old Lemont Road due to injuries sustained in the incident, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office told local media. The company said it is working with officials in an investigation into the death. 

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event,” Marty Ozinga, the firm’s president, said in a statement. “The Ozinga family extends our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of our coworker.”

The facility in Lemont provides a range of services including transloading, material and aggregate storage, material handling, and marine services, according to information on the company’s website. 

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