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Local 6787 worker falls ill at plant dies

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The Porter County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a Chesterton man after he apparently fell ill early Saturday morning at ArcelorMittal USA’s Burns Harbor facility.

The man was identified as Jason C. Scott, 35.

Paul Gipson, president of United Steelworkers Local 6787, confirmed that Scott was a USW member and said that there was no work-place accident.

Gipson gave this account to the Chesterton Tribune this morning. At around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Scott appeared to his supervisor at the coke oven not to be himself. The supervisor asked Scott if he wanted to go home and Scott said that he did. Shortly thereafter, Scott was found unresponsive in the welfare facility, where workers change clothes. EMS personnel were dispatched to the scene and transported Scott to hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced dead.

Just before deadline today Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris told the Tribune that an autopsy was being performed.

Scott was hired in June 1997 and worked as a operating technician at the coke oven, where he drove a hot car.

“He was a real nice guy,” Gipson said. “He got along with everybody.”

Posted 12/3/2102