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Alabama steel plant blast kills one, injures two

22 September 2014

An explosion at US Steel's Fairfield Works outside Birmingham, Alabama, killed one worker  and seriously burned two others on September 21, local sources reported. The incident reportedly happened when a pipe exploded in one of the three Q-BOP facilities at the plant.

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The Q-BOP process for steelmaking involves blowing high-purity oxygen through a bath of molten pig iron, producing low-alloy steel.

Before the death of the most seriously-injured worker, US Steel released the following statement:  "Late today there was an incident which resulted in the injury of three employees. Following the incident the employees were transported to an area hospital. An investigation into the incident is underway. No additional details regarding the employees or the status of operations are available at this time."

According to US Steel’s website, Fairfield Works flat-rolled division produces hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated sheet products for customers in the metal building components, automotive and appliance industries. Fairfield Tubular Operations makes seamless tubular products, primarily serving the oil industry.

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