Chicago, IL Illinois Steel Company Accident, Jan 1902
A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT AT
MOLTEN IRON DELUGES MEN
ONE DEAD AND THREE OTHERS WILL NOT LIVE
Chicago, Jan. 29 -- In an accident known as a "slip" at the plant of the Illinois Steel Company at South Chicago early today Mitchell Bronish was killed and John Polackowich and three others, names unknown, were so severely injured that they will probably die.
The steel company refused to make known the cause of the accident, but it is thought the cold weather chilled the molten iron at the top of the blast furnace No. 10 until it hardened and clogged. Then, when the men opened the vent at the bottom to draw off the metal the whole mass fell down, forcing the seething metal out upon the workmen with a splash. The men were covered from head to foot with the white-hot metal. Polackowich crazed with pain and wrapped in a sheet of flame, ran screaming toward the lake. He was overtaken, however, and the flames extinguished. The injured men were carried to the company's hospital.
The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN 29 Jan 1902