Two workers were injured recently at the U.S. Steel plant just outside
of Pittsburgh. According to an Allegheny County dispatch supervisor, an
emergency call was received at about 11:30 a.m., reporting that one of
the workers had been burned by molten steel. However, a spokesperson for
the Edgar Thomson Plant said that she was unable to comment on the 911
dispatch records to confirm the employee's injuries. It was reported
that he was transported to UPMC Mercy hospital where a medical unit for
burn victims is located. The other worker was reportedly being treated
by the plant's medical staff.
In an emailed statement, U.S. Steel said the workers were injured in an
industrial accident that involved "remotely operated locomotives, one of which was moving
an iron sub ladle." The message didn't say if the ladle contained
molten steel at the time of the accident. The steel company's spokesperson
went on to say that, in accordance with federal medical privacy laws,
she could not offer specifics about the workers' injuries. The plant's
normal operations apparently resumed after the accident.
The steel plant, which is located about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh
in Braddock, has two blast furnaces that are used to make liquid iron.
That iron is refined to produce steel slabs that are then sent to another
industrial facility to be formed into sheet metal.
The statement from U.S. Steel indicated that a joint investigation into
the accident would be conducted by the company and the United Steelworkers union.
Under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, the workers who suffered
injuries in this accident may receive payment for rehabilitation and other
medical expenses. Employees can also receive workers' compensation
benefits for any wages that may have been lost because of a work-related
injury. In this case, our hearts go out to the injured workers as they
negotiate the hard road to recovery.
Source: Canadian Business, "US Steel says 2 workers hurt in western
Pa. plant," Dec. 29, 2011