worker at AK Steel's Middletown plant was killed on the job Thursday
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
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
This is the plant's first fatal accident since 1996.
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