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Last updated on Monday, September 1, 2008
(VALPARAISO) - One of seven steelworkers injured in an explosion at an East Chicago steel mill last year has filed a $55-million-dollar lawsuit against the company.
Jeremy Schoon of Valparaiso was badly burned by molten steel which erupted from a blast furnace at Arcelormittal.
Attorney Kenneth J. Allen maintains a redesign of the furnace meant a formerly safe place to stand was now the heart of the danger zone. He contends the workers weren't told they needed to change their safety procedures.
Schoon is also suing the designer and installer of the new system.
Allen is asking for $50-million dollars in punitive damages. He accuses the steel industry of disregarding employees' safety, and says a big verdict would be a wake-up call.
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