Investigation Ongoing After Trucker Killed in Fall at Colorado Steel Mill
Pueblo, CO — A Tennessee trucker was killed after falling off his rig at a steel mill in Colorado last week, according to authorities.
The fatal incident occurred on January 4, 2022, at the EVRAZ Steel Mill, located at 2100 South Freeway Road in Pueblo.
Days later, Pueblo County Coroner Brian Cotter officially identified the victim as 55-year-old James Allen Fiddler, of Tennessee.
James Fiddler, 55, of Tennessee, died as a result of a work related accident on 1/4/2022. The accident was at Evraz Steel and he was pronounced dead in a local hospital. His next-of-kin is aware.
— Pueblo County Coroner (@CoronerPueblo) January 7, 2022
Local outlet The Pueblo Chieftain reported Fiddler was at EVRAZ to pick up a load at the time of the incident.
Eric Ludwig, president of the United Steelworkers 2102 Union in Pueblo stated Fiddler “fell off the semi-truck bed.”
The reasons for the fall were not made clear.
Additionally, no information was given about where on the EVRAZ property the incident took place.
Fiddler was transported to a local hospital following the fall and was later pronounced deceased, according to KRDO.
Following news of Fiddler’s death, EVRAZ North America issued a statement, stating the company is “saddened to report that a fatality of a third-party contractor has occurred at [the] Pueblo facility.”
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Annie Stefanec, director of communications for EVRAZ North America, confirmed it is working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Fiddler’s direct employer to “investigate this matter.”
“Our deepest condolences go out to the family during this difficult time,” Stefanec said.
The steel mill has been a fixture in Colorado since 1881.
The incident remains under investigation.