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Contract worker dies in accident at USS plant

Keywords: Tags  steel, hot-rolled, Great Lakes Works, U.S. Steel, Ecorse, blast furnace, crane, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — A contractor’s employee was fatally injured at U.S. Steel Corp.’s Great Lakes Works while operating a crane early April 4, a company spokeswoman told AMM via e-mail.

"No other injuries have been reported and no additional details are available at this time," the spokeswoman said.

It was not immediately clear whether the accident was related to a roof collapse at the Ecorse, Mich., facility that forced the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker to temporarily suspend operations at its basic oxygen process shop (, March 28).

U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Works, which sits along the Detroit River, produces hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated sheet steel for the automotive industry. It has three blast furnaces and two top-blown basic oxygen process furnaces, among other facilities, and has an annual raw steelmaking capacity of some 3.8 million net tons.

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