Four Hurt in Republic Steel Blast

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 06:06 PM gHale


An explosion at Republic Steel’s Lorain, OH, plant occurred when workers in the melt shop restarted a furnace shut down over the weekend, company officials said Monday.

The explosion occurred at 8:30 a.m. near East 28th Street and Pearl Avenue. The blast injured four workers, Lorain Ambulance Inc. communications director Rob Dybo said.

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Three workers went to Mercy Hospital, and one ended up treated at the scene. Two of the hospitalized workers ended up treated and released, the company said.

Ohio Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) spokesperson Rhonda Burke confirmed Monday morning the agency sent a representative to investigate the explosion.

Production at the melt shop is at a standstill while company officials and an OSHA inspector assess the damage, a Republic Steel statement said.

Canton-based Republic Steel has manufactured steel coil and steel bars for more than a century. The company also has facilities in Canton and Solon.



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