NEW YORK U.S. Steel Corp.
has sued a pipefitting contractor for more than $6.9 million in
damages following a 2010 explosion at its coke plant in
The steelmaker claims that
Power Piping Co., a Pittsburgh-based contractor hired to
provide steamfitting work at Clairton, is responsible for
expenses and injuries following the July 2010 blast at the coke
plants "B" battery, according to documents filed in the
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pa.
The explosion allegedly occurred
while Power Piping was in the midst of repair and installation
work at the coke battery, the documents said.
U.S. Steel, Pittsburgh, has
spent "substantial" sums of money investigating the blast,
which injured six of its employees and five Power Piping
employees and caused "extensive" physical damage to the site,
including "destruction of walls and various instrumentation in
and around the pre-heater area at B battery," the
company said in the court filing.
U.S. Steel put total costs at
about $6.97 million, which includes about $4 million in repairs
for damaged property, more than $2 million in workers
compensation payments and more than $966,000 for the
investigation and defense of alleged Occupational Health and
Safety Administration violations.
Furthermore, "U.S. Steel expects
the initial claims for damages in the personal injury lawsuits
to be in the millions of dollars," the complaint said.
According to a July 2006
contract signed by the two companies, Power Piping had agreed
to repair or replace damaged property and was responsible for
the safety of workers at the site, U.S. Steel said.
A U.S. Steel spokeswoman
declined to comment, citing pending litigation. Power Piping
could not be reached.