Steel Dynamics Fined $240,000 After Worker Dies

Indiana labor officials have fined Steel Dynamics $240,000 for safety violations discovered after a worker died at its Jeffersonville steel plant.

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana labor officials have fined Steel Dynamics $240,000 for safety violations discovered after a worker died at its Jeffersonville steel plant.

Deputy labor commissioner Chuck Carter of the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Shay Fanase Jr.'s death was caused by "a terrible design" that required him to open a furnace and put his head inside in order to pull parts through.

The 21-year-old man died Aug. 8, three days after he was overcome by nitrogen while working in a confined space at the steel processing plant.

A state inspection after his death found 15 safety violations at the plant, nine of them serious.

A Steel Dynamics spokesman says the company would not comment because it had not seen the state's report.

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