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Worker Dies At Kansas Steel Plant

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A man from Osage City, Kansas, died Wednesday afternoon after a work accident at a steel plant. Today, investigators began looking into the details of the accident and how the fatality occured.

The man killed has been identifed as Johnnie Dorsey, 50. Dorsey served as a production assistant at Schuff Steel in Ottawa, Kansas, and had been on the job approximately one month. Little is known, at this time, about how the accident occured, but Dorsey was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

The Kansas office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently invesigating the matter, but additional information regarding the accidnet or Dorseyhas not been released. Inital reports indicate that police officers were summoned to the plant about 1 p.m. on Wednesday. However, officers did not investigate because an industrial accident had occured, not a crime.

Schuff Steel fabricates structural steel for sports stadiums, skyscrapers and other larger construction projects. The plant is closed today and Friday so that officials can continue to invesigate Dorsey’s death.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Workplace Injuries and Workers Compensation