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Dad of 3 Dies at Work After Falling Into a Vessel Used to Melt Metals | ‘Hard-Working Teddy Bear of a Man'
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Dad of 3 Dies at Work After Falling Into a Vessel Used to Melt Metals | ‘Hard-Working Teddy Bear of a Man'

Dierkes is the second person to die at the Mapleton foundry in the last six months.

Cover Image Source: Journal Star Obituaries
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Editor's note: This article was originally published on June 10, 2022. It has since been updated.

Trigger Warning: This story mentions graphic descriptions of injuries that may be disturbing to readers. 

Steven Dierkes, 39, of Peoria, worked at the Caterpillar foundry in Mapleton. He was a hard-working employee, but the father of three daughters "died instantly" after falling into a crucible at the foundry, according to PEOPLE

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Dierkes "was apparently working near" the crucible, "when he accidentally fell in" on the morning of June 2, 2022, Peoria County Coroner Jamie Hardwood wrote in a statement. The Peoria County Coroner's Office and Peoria County Sheriff's Office were informed of the accident just before 10 am on the day of the accident, according to the coroner's statement.