ArcelorMittal receives minor fine for Burns Harbor mishap

Dec 03, 2007 | 02:47 PM | Michael Cowden

ArcelorMittal has been fined by state safety officials for alleged violations related to a molten metal accident at the company's Burns Harbor, Ind., facility that injured seven workers.

But while the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) dubbed the alleged violations "serious" in official documents, the integrated steelmaker faces a proposed penalty of only $2,975.

The accident occurred at one of the plant's basic oxygen furnaces when a "squish" exploded from the No. 1 vessel, sending seven workers to the hospital (AMM, Aug. 29). It happened near an area where the furnace had been altered to allow for the installation of air-pollution control equipment.....

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