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Train fatality prompts Nucor to halt operations

Keywords: Tags  steel, Nucor, Hickman plant, Arkansas operations, Sam Commella, train derailment, hot-rolled sheet, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — Nucor Corp. temporarily suspended operations at its Hickman, Ark., facility Feb. 11 following a train derailment incident that left one dead.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based steelmaker suspended operations "immediately" after the incident, Sam Commella, vice president and general manager of the facility, said in a statement. The company was planning to resume operations in the evening.

"Nucor is investigating a workplace fatality which occurred at our facility in Hickman," he said. "The mill temporarily suspended operations immediately following the incident. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are on site and the cause of the incident is currently under investigation."

Nucor’s Hickman facility produces a variety of hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated steel sheet products and has an annual capacity of 2.6 million tons, the company said.

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