U.S. Steel Workers Keep Working After Alarm Sounds: Gas Explodes, 20 Workers Seriously Injured


This week, as U.S. Steel is expected to announce its third quarter profits, many of its workers and their families are still feeling the effects from the July 14, 2010, explosion at the US Steel Coke Works plant in Clairton, Pennsylvania. U.S. Steel has reported a net loss for the past five quarters in a row, so having a profit this quarter is big, big news.

The steel company has been fighting for profits over the past few years, and one has to wonder how much worker safety has taken a back seat to the corporation’s focus on getting back in the black again.

A local PA television station has interviewed one of the injured steel workers. While reading his tragic commentary, one has to wonder, was he adequately protected or did the bottom line, profit above all else motto prevail?

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