Brian K Cupp, 46, probably expected to return home from work as normal when he left his house and set off for Steel Summit, a company based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Unfortunately, a 30,000-pound steel coil fell on top of him and, sadly, he died.
Steel Summit has no previous OSHA investigations or federal civil lawsuits filed against it relating to worker safety, but nevertheless there’s a man down as a result of some kind of lapse in plant safety procedures. It happens and when it does, it brings to the fore the issue of steel plant safety.
Earlier in March, Timothy Earl Dagon, 42, died in an accident in the rail yard of US Steel’s Granite City, Illinois, plant. He had worked for the company for 20 years.
Also last month, Jamie Peacock, 40, from Oldbury in the West Midlands, UK, died from injuries suffered in an accident at steel firm Camtrex in Birmingham.
For every tragedy, however, there are success stories. AK Steel’s Zanesville works, also in Ohio, was recognised recently by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Division of Safety and Hygiene, in recognition of its ‘outstanding safety performance’.
It would be fair to say that while every tragic accident is just that, the steel industry takes worker safety very seriously indeed.
Brian Cupp’s death was the result of a falling object, one of the top five causes of serious safety incidents, according to worldsteel, which this month organises its fourth Steel Safety Day (28 April).
Moving machinery, falling from heights, on-site traffic and process safety are the other four major causes of safety incidents, but this year the main focus of the worldsteel campaign is falling objects, like the one that killed Mr. Cupp.
The World Steel Association (worldsteel) claims that all injuries and work-related illnesses can be prevented, and that the industry has achieved ‘significant improvements’ in the field of safety and health.
Emirates Steel, for example, is using modern technology to improve worker safety with the use of drones for plant safety inspections.
Steel Safety Day is an industry-wide initiative designed to raise awareness of how to prevent serious safety incidents at steel plants around the world. Be involved.
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