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Mich. Steel Plant Accident Kills 1

October 16, 2002

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) _ A worker died Wednesday of burns suffered in an accident at the Rouge Steel plant.

State officials and the University of Michigan Hospital identified the victim as Steven Ford, 21. His hometown was not released.

Ford and a second man were burned Tuesday while performing routine maintenance on a blast furnaces, Rouge Steel spokesman Bill Hornberger said.

The second worker, Mike McDonald, 25, was in critical condition with burns over 30 percent of his body, the state Department of Consumer and Industrial Services said.

Rouge Steel makes 7,000 tons of steel a day, most of it used by Ford Motor Co. Rouge Steel is a former Ford subsidiary.

The accident was being investigated by the state Department of Consumer and Industry Services. Rouge Steel could be fined up to $7,000 for minor safety violations or up to $70,000 for ``serious or willful″ violations, said Department of Consumer and Industry Services spokeswoman Lori Donlan.

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