TimkenSteel fined $145k for explosion that killed Alliance man


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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a $145,000 fine for TimkenSteel following an explosion last summer.

In July of 2022, a furnace explosion at the Faircrest plant killed Joseph Ferrall, a 34-year-old man from Alliance.

Here’s a link to the letter, notifying the company of the proposed fine.

OSHA explains that water became encapsulated in molten metal in an electric arc furnace, causing the furnace to explode.

OSHA say the company had standards for dealing with such a mixture of materials, but failed to implement them.

34-year-old employee Joseph Ferrall and two other men were seriously injured in the blast.

Ferrall died a little over three weeks later.

The company has been cited for safety violations four of the last five years.