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Worker Killed At AK Steel

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A worker at AK Steel's Middletown plant was killed on the job Thursday morning.

Ralph Eric Jones, 41, was operating a piece of mobile equipment when the lifting lock of a crane fell, striking the safety cage on the mobile equipment and injuring Jones around 8:30 a.m.

Jones, was taken to Middletown Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Jones, of Waynesville, Ohio, had been employed by AK Steel since 1985 and worked in maintenance.

"The deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers of AK Steel employees everywhere are with Eric and his family and friends," said Richard M. Wardrop, Jr., chairman and CEO of AK Steel. "We cannot adequately express the sorrow we all feel."

OSHA and AK Steel investigators spent Thursday investigating at the plant.

This is the plant's first fatal accident since 1996.

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