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ArcelorMittal worker dies in accident at Cleveland plant

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PITTSBURGH — A railroad worker was killed in an accident at ArcelorMittal USA Inc.’s Cleveland operation Feb. 16.

The fatality appeared to be "probably accidental," according to a Cleveland Police Department report.

Randolph A. Vayda, 50, who was found lying on train tracks with a severe head injury, was pronounced dead at the scene. "The preliminary investigation revealed that ... during the course of his work (Vayda) was standing on the platform of the rear-most car of a train. The victim reportedly fell off and was struck by another train car," the police report said.

Vayda, a lifelong resident of Elyria, Ohio, worked as a conductor at the steel mill. He leaves a widow and two children.

The matter is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. An ArcelorMittal spokesperson said the incident, which occurred on the facility’s railroad, also is being investigated by the company and the United Steelworkers union.

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