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Serious Disaster Avoided At Steel Mill

Last updated on Sunday, February 8, 2009

(EAST CHICAGO) - A quick-thinking crane operator helped avoid a disaster inside Arcelor Mittal’s Indiana Harbor Steel Mill Thursday night when some 120 tons of molten steel tipped as it was being transferred from a furnace.

The post-dispatch reports the operator was able to dump the red-hot steel harmlessly onto the sand and gravel floor in an unoccupied part of the plant.

A similar accident in the same area of the mill killed two workers in 1997.

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