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Michigan steel plant explosion injures two

31 July 2012

A furnace explosion on July 27 at Gerdau Macsteel in Jackson, Michigan, resulted in two workers being treated for burns in local hospitals. According to the US Department of Labor's website, a December 2008 inspection showed dozens of violations, including 8 serious safety violations and 14 repeat violations, for a total of 46 violations overall.

In February 2011, three workers were sent to the hospital after hydraulic fluid caught fire at the plant. 

The Department of Labor's website also shows that in June 2011, the company received 38 more violations – 9 serious and 21 repeat offenses. These 28 violations are classified as open cases.

The plant was evacuated and operations were suspended at the time of the explosion. The company says all safety procedures were followed.

The cause of the furnace explosion is still under investigation. 

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