OSHA fined U.S. Steel $175K for injurious Clairton Coke Works explosion

01/14/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Clairton, PA—The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CPSC) fined U.S. Steel for the coke plant explosion that injured at least 15 workers. U.S. Steel was levied with a total of $175,000 in safety violations for the July 14, 2010 explosion at the Clairton Coke Works near Pittsburgh, as reported by ABC News.

OSHA investigations revealed that U.S. Steel was negligent in providing effective energy control procedures and exposed workers to burns. For two willful and 11 serious violations, U.S. Steel was fine $143,500. Power Piping Co. was fined $31,500 for six serious safety violations.

As previously reported in “Clairton PA Explosion: Coke plant fire, explosion injured 20,” officials believe that one of the coke ovens at the plant exploded. A total of 14 employees were injured in the blast. Two people are in critical condition at West Penn Hospital and three are in critical condition at UPMC Mercy. Officials say most of the injuries are burn-related, although one person complained of chest pains. The burns were mostly contained to the workers faces, necks and arms.

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