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Michigan Plant Explosion at U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works Injures 6, Including 2 Hospitalized with Burns


Six steelworkers were injured late Monday night, following a plant explosion at United States Steel Corporation’s Great Lakes Works facility in River Rouge, Michigan, just south of Detroit. Two of the injured workers remain hospitalized with burns and other injuries.

Located along the Detroit River, U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Works consists of both steelmaking and finishing facilities. The plant produces hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated sheet steels primarily for use in the auto industry.

The U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works explosion was reported just before midnight on July 31st, and occurred at the plant’s Hot Strip Mill on Great Lakes Street, near Zug Island. According to The Pittsburgh Business Times, the blast took out a 30-foot-by-60-foot section of wall at the facility. U.S. Steel’s own fire department responded to the scene, with back-up from the River Rouge Fire Department.

The Hot Strip Mill remained down on Tuesday, though all other facilities at the Great Lakes Works are operating.

2 Steelworkers Admitted to Detroit Burn Unit

A total of six steelworkers were injured in the blast. Two employees were admitted to Detroit Receiving Hospital’s burn unit after suffering burns and other injuries. They remained hospitalized as of Tuesday evening.

Three other workers were taken to local hospitals for treatment. A sixth employee was treated at the Great Lakes Work’s onsite medical facility.

Citing privacy laws, U.S. Steel declined to release additional information regarding the injured workers or their condition.  In a statement, the company said it had activated its Employee Assistance Program to offer aid to the injured steelworkers and their families, as well as their co-workers.

“An investigation into the incident is underway, and we will work closely with the United Steelworkers and relevant government agencies throughout the process,” the statement said.

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