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US Steel fined $14,000 for Indiana steelworker's death

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GARY, Ind. (AP) - The Indiana Department of Labor is fining U.S. Steel $14,000 after an investigation into a steelworker’s death found the company committed two serious safety violations.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that state investigators found U.S. Steel failed to provide safety training and protections against live electrical equipment.

Department spokeswoman Kristin Reed says U.S. Steel is contesting the ruling.

Thirty-year-old Jonathan Arizzola died after he was electrocuted while trying to fix a crane at Gary Works steel mill in September.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation determined that maintenance employees were performing repairs to a crane in the slab yard while three collector rails were live. OSHA says that exposed the workers to electrical hazards.

Union officials had raised concerns that maintenance workers were pushed to hurry through repairs.



Posted 5/11/2017




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