Crane falls at Detroit-area steel facility; 1 dead - Fox 2 News Headlines

Crane falls at Detroit-area steel facility; 1 dead

Posted: Updated:
A look at Friday's deadly crane accident at a steel plant in Ecorse. A look at Friday's deadly crane accident at a steel plant in Ecorse.
Another angle following Friday's deadly crane accident at a steel plant in Ecorse. Another angle following Friday's deadly crane accident at a steel plant in Ecorse.
A photo of Chris Casto, 36 A photo of Chris Casto, 36
ECORSE, Mich. (WJBK) - Police say a worker has died after a crane fell at a U.S. Steel facility in Ecorse.

Police in Ecorse say the accident happened about 5:45 a.m. Friday at the Great Lakes Steel facility. No other injuries are reported.

The family of the victim, 36-year-old Chris Casto, tells FOX 2's Robin Schwartz he was a hard-working man who had been working with cranes since he was 18 years old. He was a husband and father of three children.

Family and fellow employees are still waiting to hear what went wrong. Photos obtained by FOX 2 show the crane's treads leaning over.

U.S. Steel said in a statement that the operator worked for Connelly Crane, a contractor. Family says he worked there with his father.

The death is under investigation.

This is the second incident at U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works in just eight days. A giant pipe collapsed on the roof of a building March 27.

Also, back in December, a worker died in an explosion and fire that also injured two others.

Copyright 2014 by myFOXDetroit.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights re served. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • M-1 rail project to begin

    M-1 rail project to begin

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:31:11 GMT
    Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit will soon be shut down for four months.
    Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit will soon be shut down for four months.
  • Recalled: Fresh fruits sold at Trader Joe's, Costco & Sam's Club

    Recalled: Fresh fruits sold at Trader Joe's, Costco & Sam's Club

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-07-22 11:37:54 GMT
    A California company is recalling fresh fruits nationwide due to possible listeria contamination.
    A California company is recalling fresh fruits nationwide due to possible listeria contamination.
  • Pensioners approve Detroit bankruptcy plan

    Pensioners approve Detroit bankruptcy plan

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:39:04 GMT
    The city of Detroit says workers and retirees have approved pension cuts, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city reported results Monday after two months of balloting ended July 11. A judge still must hold a trial to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible, but support from retirees is vital.
    The city of Detroit says workers and retirees have approved pension cuts, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city reported results Monday after two months of balloting ended July 11. A judge still must hold a trial to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible, but support from retirees is vital.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices