Nucor is facing a federal lawsuit following the death of an intern, according to a report by the Birmingham Business Journal in the USA.

In October last year, 27-year-old Korey Ryan was killed at the company’s Tuscaloosa plant while attempting to change a filter near a crane. His mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit after a gantry crane moving a sheet of steel ran over Ryan’s foot and then dragged him into a steel beam.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) said that Nucor did not have proper passageways for employees exposed to moving cranes.

While Nucor has been fined US$7,000 fine, it is appealing the decision.