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Second worker dies in steel plant incident

An Arcelor electric
arc furnace in
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 25 September 2008 – ArcelorMittal – the world’s number one steel company, with over 320 000 employees in more than 60 countries – has announced that a second worker has died at one of its plants in South Africa.

Revealing this in an interview with Reuters, the company explained that the worker had died of gas inhalation, bringing the death toll to two from the incident earlier this week at its Saldanha plant in the Western Cape province.

“The accident occurred despite our considerable efforts to improve management of safety at our operations,” said ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita. “Safety remains our number one priority, and we are absolutely committed to our quest of achieving zero fatalities at the company,” she added.

Investigations into the incident are already underway, but the company reiterated that the plant was operational.

The deaths are the first recorded at the group this year.