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Posted - 04/08/2009 :  2:38:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

By Ed Richter
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Updated 2:20 PM Wednesday, April 8, 2009
MIDDLETOWN A worker for a contractor at AK Steel Corp.s Middletown Works died today, April 8, following an accident.

The worker, who has not been identified, reportedly was injured Monday while working on a scissor-lift after he leaned against a control button and was crushed between the lift and a pipe, according to Scott Rich, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 1943, a union at AK.

Middletown Fire Department paramedics were called to Door 659 at the Middletown Works at 1:11 p.m. Monday and arrived at Atrium Medical Center at 1:48 p.m.

The worker was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton that day.

Alan McCoy, spokesman for AK Steel, confirmed the worker was a contractor who was injured Monday and later died during a surgical procedure either late Tuesday night or early this morning.

An employee at the Middletown Works said the accident occurred in a distribution building that was connected to the Aluminizing and Electro-Galvanizing Lines, where coating operations occur.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administrations Cincinnati field office was informed earlier today of the fatality, according to Richard Gilgrist, area field director.

Gilgrist said an investigation is already under way on the incident that involves a worker from United Group Services Inc., which does contract work at the plant. He said there was no other information available as of early Wednesday afternoon.

United Group Services is based out of Cincinnati and specializes in industrial piping, rigging and design contracting.

Gilgrist said United Group Services has been recognized by OSHA with its Voluntary Protection Program.

According to the companys Web site, it was the first firm of its kind to receive OSHAs Voluntary Protection Program Construction STAR status in October 2005.

Until today, there had not been a been a workplace fatality in several months in the 20-county area overseen by the OSHA Cincinnati field office, Gilgrist said.


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Posted - 04/08/2009 :  4:52:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Golly, how sad..

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Posted - 04/08/2009 :  8:05:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Untrained outside contractor . Why does ak let these men in the mill? Ak in a dangerous place and its not a job for anyone.



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You're right in part, the contractors should not be working in the plant, but where you are wrong is that it is a good job for many. "Being careless is not for anyone working there".
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[br]Untrained outside contractor . Why does ak let these men in the mill? Ak in a dangerous place and its not a job for anyone.

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Posted - 04/08/2009 :  8:24:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

I have worked around these guys. They have their own safety rules and it is why they get hurt and killed.



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Posted - 04/09/2009 :  06:49:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Is that right Dexter???

The rules that we work by are the same rules you work by. Lets not start pointing fingers just because it was a "Contractor". A person died as a result of this.




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[br]I have worked around these guys. They have their own safety rules and it is why they get hurt and killed.


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Posted - 04/09/2009 :  09:54:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Different rules...I work at AK. There are rules for AK employees and guide lines for contractor to follow but no one to watch over them to see that they are following these guide lines. I'm not pointing a finger and just telling you how it is at AK. Until AK starts holding contractors up to the rules we work by then contractors are going to continue to die. It's sad but the truth.



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Posted - 04/09/2009 :  10:01:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Contract employee was crushed in accident#8232;at Middletown Works on Monday.


By Ed Richter and Jessica Heffner
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Updated 7:04 AM Thursday, April 9, 2009
A contract worker at AK Steel Corp.s Middletown Works died Wednesday, April 8, following an accident.

Paul Bartee, 47, of Erlanger, Ky., a pipe fitter who worked for United Group Services of Cincinnati, died from crush injuries sustained while working at AK Steel on Monday, April 6, according to the Montgomery County Coroners Office.

Kevin Sell, a vice president with United Group Services, said the employee died just before 1 a.m. while undergoing a surgical procedure at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

We were on the understanding that the prognosis was good, so it was quite a shock to discover that he had passed away, Sell said.

Sell said the employee was rigging up a 12-inch pipe that was going to be replaced and was somehow caught between the pipe and the manlift and was crushed at about 1 p.m. Monday, April 6.

Middletown paramedics were called to Door 659 at the Middletown Works at 1:11 p.m. Monday and arrived at Atrium Medical Center at 1:48 p.m. Bartee was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital later that day.

Sell said United Group Services has been a contractor at AKs Middletown Works for the past 10 years and has about 12 employees there. The company does industrial construction, piping, rigging, design and maintenance at the Middletown Works, Sell said.

The incident occurred in the steel coating section of the plant, said Scott Rich, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 1943, a union at AK.

Alan McCoy, spokesman for AK Steel, declined comment.

United Group Services notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about the fatality on Wednesday, said Richard Gilgrist, area director of OSHAs Cincinnati field office.

United Group Services notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about the fatality on Wednesday, said Richard Gilgrist, area director of OSHAs Cincinnati field office.

Gilgrist said United Group Services has been recognized by OSHA with its Voluntary Protection Program for establishing a state of the art health and safety program. The company has never been cited in Ohio.

"(United Group Services) demonstrated that their safety program over the years is quite effective," he said. "They go beyond the OSHA standard as far as safety training is concerned."

This workplace fatality was the first recorded for 2009 in the 20 counties of southwest Ohio that is overseen by the OSHA Cincinnati field office, Gilgrist said.


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Death is 4th since 2006

OSHA: Two other contract workers have also been injured in that span on AK Steel property.

By Jessica Heffner
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Updated 9:37 AM Thursday, April 9, 2009
The death this week of a contractor at AK Steels Middletown Works facility is the fourth such incident to occur in three years.

Paul Bartee, an employee of Cincinnati-based United Group Services, died early Wednesday from injuries sustained while working at AK Steel on Monday, April 6, according to the Montgomery County Coroners Office.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, three other contract workers have died and one other has been injured while working on AKs property since 2006.

Most recently, a contractor from Mobile Air received minor burns when a heater he was working on exploded in January. In addition, two workers from RMB Enterprises, Inc., were killed in separate incidents while changing truck tires. Those deaths occurred in August 2008 and March 2007.

RMB was cited and fined by OSHA for both incidents. During the lockout in May 2006, a contract worker from Strom Engineering also died en route to the hospital after he was struck by a moving piece of coke plant equipment, said Richard Gilgrist, area director of OSHAs Cincinnati field office.

Certainly we have concerns about deaths anywhere, but AK really watches their contractors pretty closely. There is a number of training requirements they have to go through before they can set foot on the property, Gilgrist said. Its a tough environment for workers there, like any steelmaking operations. We do have concerns about it.

Depending on the job a contractor is performing, there are different safety regulations the worker must follow. However, OSHA regulations apply to all workers, whether hired by the company or contracted, Gilgrist said.

AK Steel funds 17 full-time union coordinators to oversee safety operations of union employees and report violations within the mill. The coordinators are not required to oversee contractors, but typically report to management when they see violations, said Scott Rich, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 1943.

Its very important everyone be held to the same standard, he said. In this particular incident, the contractor was on equipment our hourly workers also operate, so its important all employees are contacted about these incidents.

OSHA is investigating the contractor death and Kevin Sell, vice president of United Group Services, said the company is assisting.


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Posted - 04/09/2009 :  5:32:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse



Same Rules for both!!! I work at AK also...I work all over the entire mill, not just the COLD MILL, and there are rules that are not followed by both parties. So yes, that is how it is at AK. Please stop and think about the job task that Contractors perform. I do agree with you Dexter, that it is sad and true.




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[br]Different rules...I work at AK. There are rules for AK employees and guide lines for contractor to follow but no one to watch over them to see that they are following these guide lines. I'm not pointing a finger and just telling you how it is at AK. Until AK starts holding contractors up to the rules we work by then contractors are going to continue to die. It's sad but the truth.


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Posted - 04/09/2009 :  7:30:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

sad... sad... tragedy... I am praying now
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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  10:10:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Was wondering why it took AK West Chester 2 days to turn in the accident to OSHA?
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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  11:47:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

This is common. They must look into it to see what caused the death.



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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  11:55:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

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[br]This is common. They must look into it to see what caused the death.


lol..WRONG!!!!!!!!...
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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  12:02:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

I thought it was supposed to be turned in immediately because I thought it was to report the accident itself, but I could be mistaken. It doesn't make sense to wait on a cause of death. What if it wasn't obvious and had to await autopsy (possibly even toxicology reports which could take a couple of months)?
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[br]I thought it was supposed to be turned in immediately because I thought it was to report the accident itself, but I could be mistaken. It doesn't make sense to wait on a cause of death. What if it wasn't obvious and had to await autopsy (possibly even toxicology reports which could take a couple of months)?


OSHA Is suppose to be notifyed within 24 hours.
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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  12:10:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

That answered one part of my question. Isn't the purpose specifically to report the accident (the fact that a death occurred and the details of those specifics will be a separate report is my question)?
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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  12:25:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Sounds to me like AK just has a hard time following rules.

They seem to think they are above all rules, and can do as they please. Nothing new here.

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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  12:31:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

The employer is required to report to OSHA within eight hours of the accident, all work-related fatalities or multiple hospitalizations that involve three or more employees.



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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  12:48:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Oh I am sure the real story is not being reported in the journal....

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Sorry posted it on wrong thread. Monroe has nothing to do with it.
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[br]The employer is required to report to OSHA within eight hours of the accident, all work-related fatalities or multiple hospitalizations that involve three or more employees.





Don't worry...I'm sure Dexter can make an excuse for them as to why they shouldn't have to follow these rules either.

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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  2:21:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Don't believe everything you read



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[br]Don't believe everything you read




you should take some of your own advice.
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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  2:33:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

It is a real quick google search. Believe or not.

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[br]Don't believe everything you read



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[br]Don't believe everything you read


lol...I dont read AK Journal. They have a hard time telling the whole story.
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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  5:11:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

United Group Services notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about the fatality on Wednesday, said Richard Gilgrist, area director of OSHAs Cincinnati field office.

United Group Services notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about the fatality on Wednesday, said Richard Gilgrist, area director of OSHAs Cincinnati field office.

This a United Group service problem. They were to report the fatality.



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Maybe some of you dumb as...es should read timeline. Paramedics arrived on Monday, brought injured to Atrium, victim died on Wed at miami Valley. Why did Atrium release him...sounds like a problem with the healthcare system.

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Having a bad day?

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[br]Maybe some of you dumb as...es should read timeline. Paramedics arrived on Monday, brought injured to Atrium, victim died on Wed at miami Valley. Why did Atrium release him...sounds like a problem with the healthcare system.



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[quote][i]Originally posted by Bartleby[/i]
[br]Maybe some of you dumb as...es should read timeline. Paramedics arrived on Monday, brought injured to Atrium, victim died on Wed at miami Valley. Why did Atrium release him...sounds like a problem with the healthcare system.



or they could have transferred him to MVH

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Remember, it is easier to blame someone else.

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[br][quote][i]Originally posted by Bartleby[/i]
[br]Maybe some of you dumb as...es should read timeline. Paramedics arrived on Monday, brought injured to Atrium, victim died on Wed at miami Valley. Why did Atrium release him...sounds like a problem with the healthcare system.



or they could have transferred him to MVH



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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  6:23:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

It's easy to see here the ones that know how the inside of AK operates know what they are talking about and so many others that are clueless.
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OHSA does exist outside of AK you know.

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The contractor will be fined like the last two accidents, not AK.
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