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Accident: 980318 - Employee Dies After Burned By Molten Metal

Accident: 980318 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 03/05/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10793099203/07/19894011Elgin Joliet & Eastern Railroad
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10793100803/07/19893325U.S. Steel Gary Works
At approximately 3:20 a.m. on March 5, 1989, Employee #1 was repairing rails on the B track underneath the south B spout of blast furnace #7 due to a previous spill. As Employee #1 was repairing the tracks, the blast furnace began to cast hot metal into a ladle on the A track. A dam made of sand, which had been built in the trough for the south B spout, had erupted, allowing hot metal to run down into the area where Employee #1 was working. Employee #1 sustained burns over 80 percent of his body. He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital and then by helicopter to the University of Chicago Hospital Burn Center. Employee #1 was in stable but critical condition, but died March 25, 1989.
Keywords: sand, molten metal, burn, furnace, dam, rail, blast furnace, unstable soil, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107930992 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Helpers, mechanics and repairers
2 107931008 Occupation Not Listed

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