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.