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IOSHA fines ArcelorMittal $10,000 for East Chicago accident

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ArcelorMittal has 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.

The Indiana 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.

IOSHA subsequently 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 sparks.”

IOSHA ordered ArcelorMittal to pay, by Dec. 27, a fine of $5,000 for each violation.

IOSHA also 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.



Posted 11/30/2018




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