ArcelorMittal steel mill explosion hospitalizes one with serious burns
On Monday, November 5, 2018, an explosion at a midwestern steel mill rocked an Indiana town and left a steel mill employee seriously injured. The explosion at ArcelorMittal steel mill sparked a fire that sent smoke billowing from an industrial complex along Lake Michigan, about 10 miles southeast of Chicago.
The injured employee suffered serious burns from the blast and was taken by ambulance to an East Chicago hospital for treatment. The fire was controlled within two hours by local East Chicago firefighters and the company’s in-house fire department.
Recently, the company has faced backlash regarding the safety of its facilities. In July of 2018, they were fined $21,000.00 after a worker’s death. Just this past October, the company had a fire break out on a conveyor belt line at their Cleveland, Ohio plant.
Explosions and fires in the workplace
Explosions at chemical plants, oil platforms and other similar facilities are fairly common. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fires and explosions have claimed lives in three percent of fatal work accidents.