been ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, following an investigation of an
accident on Aug. 7 in which two workers were burned at its Indiana Harbor
facility in East Chicago.
Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (IOSHA)
issued its order on Nov. 20.
According to IOSHA,
the employees were burned when a plug of hot limestone dust which they were
attempting to remove from a feed hood hopper broke loose and poured out of
the open hopper door.
found two serious violations:
* “The employer did
not establish and maintain conditions of work which were reasonably safe and
healthful for employees, and free from recognized hazards that were causing
or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.”
* “One or more
methods of machine guarding was not provided to protect the operator and
other employees in the machine area from hazards such as those created by
point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips, and
ArcelorMittal to pay, by Dec. 27, a fine of $5,000 for each violation.
suggested that the company “update and evaluate the Standard Operating
Procedure (SOP) established by the employer for this job task.” The SOP
“should address actions that accurately depict the work task while keeping
employees free from burn hazards caused by direct contact with hot limestone
dust” and it “should be audited in accordance to the yearly audit frequency
that is established in existing conditions,” IOSHA said.