An Arcelor electric
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Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 23 September 2008 – ArcelorMittal – the world’s number one steel company, with over 320 000 employees in more than 60 countries – has announced that a worker has been killed at one of its plants in South Africa.

Revealing this in an interview with Reuters, the company pointed out that this was the first fatality the group has experienced in South Africa this year.

ArcelorMittal explained that the worker had been killed after exposure to gas in an incident at the group’s Saldanha plant in the western Cape province. A second worker was in hospital in critical condition, and a contractor was in a stable condition.

Reuters reports that four other employees had been affected and taken to hospital. The incident was under investigation by the authorities, but ArcelorMittal emphasised that the plant had been declared safe to operate.