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Worker Dies After Accident at ArcelorMittal Plant

May 22, 2020
A worker died after they became trapped under a coil at the ArcelorMittal plant in Weirton, WV. Image courtesy of Pixabay
A worker died after they became trapped under a coil at the ArcelorMittal plant in Weirton, WV. Image courtesy of Pixabay

A worker died Thursday at the ArcelorMittal metal plant in Weirton, WV when they became lodged beneath a coil, several local news organizations reported. 

Personnel from the Weirton Fire Department called to the facility at 8:47 a.m. and found the man freed from the coil upon arrival, coverage by the Weirton Daily Times said. The company later told the newspaper that the staff member was working with a crane when his injury occurred.

“We are saddened to confirm that an employee suffered injuries while operating a crane at ArcelorMittal Weirton this morning,” ArcelorMittal said in a statement to Fox News affiliate WTOV. “The employee was transferred to a local hospital and then passed away as a result of the injuries.”

An investigation into the death is being conducted by state and federal authorities, the company, and a union representing workers at the plant, according to the broadcaster’s account.

ArcelorMittal’s Weirton facility produces tin plate and cold-rolled sheet for the distribution and packaging markets, according to information on the company’s website. 989 workers staff the 640-acre site, which includes a tandem mill, batch anneal, continuous annealing lines, temper mills, electron-tin plating lines, and side trimmers. 

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