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ArcelorMittal accident disrupts plate output

Keywords: Tags  ArcelorMittal, Coatesville, Pennsylvania, plate, electric-arc furnace, EF, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workplace safety accident

NEW YORK — An accident at ArcelorMittal USA LLC’s steel plate facility in Coatesville, Pa., left three employees injured and an electric-arc furnace temporarily offline.

"The incident is under investigation by the company and the United Steelworkers," a spokeswoman told AMM in an e-mail. "The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has also been notified."

While production had been affected, deliveries would not be, the spokeswoman said.

"The investigation of cause and necessary corrections will be completed before returning the furnace to normal operations," the spokeswoman said. "We have inventory available to continue meeting customer demand until the furnace can return to safe operation."

OSHA and the Coatesville police and fire chiefs could not be reached for comment.

ArcelorMittal’s Coatesville facility, formerly part of Bethlehem Steel Corp., produces a range of carbon and alloy plate products and has a raw steel capacity of some 900,000 tons annually, according to the company’s website. The plant includes an electric-arc furnace, a vacuum degasser, ingot teeming, a slab caster, two plate mills and heat-treating and finishing facilities, its website said.

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