Three employees injured at NLMK

PORTAGE | Three employees of NLMK Indiana in the Port of Indiana were airlifted to Chicago-area hospitals Wednesday night after sustaining injuries associated with an arc flash.

According to a statement issued by the company, about 6:15 p.m., the three were responding to a repair call involving an electrical issue in the Electric Arc Furnace Melt Shop Facility. In the process of troubleshooting the problem, the three received injuries associated with an arc flash.

Two of the employees were initially transported to Porter Regional Hospital and the third to The Methodists hospitals Gary campus before being airlifted.

All three remain hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to the statement issued by Joseph F. Gazarkiewicz,  director of human resources and safety.

“NLMK Indiana continues to conduct an investigation as to the cause of the incident and is cooperating with IOSHA personnel,” read the statement.

The company declined to identify the employees.