US Lawmaker Seeks Probe in Safety at AK Steel Dearborn Plant
The Detroit News reported that US Rep Ms Debbie Dingell is calling on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the safety standards at a Dearborn factory following the death of Mr Khaled Saleh Nasser of Dearborn on July 16 after falling from an elevated catwalk at the Cleveland-Cliffs Dearborn Works facility. Ms Dingell wrote in a letter to US Department of Labor’ s Occupational Safety and Health Authority’s acting assistant secretary Mr James Frederick “Nasser’s death has drawn serious questions about working conditions at the facility and the need to ensure that these workers are safe. As of last year the facility employed 1,325 people and Nasser’s death highlights credible fears and concerns that more must be done to protect these.”
She is requesting that OSHA investigate concerns from employees and union members, provide a detailed explanation of current safety measures and issues, and release any past complaints at the facility. She wrote “Companies should be held to the highest standard to guarantee that their employees receive proper protections when working in dangerous environments.”
Ms Dingell said she's also seeking data on the process and frequency with which OSHA reviews safety measures at these facilities.
Mr Nasser worked for AK Steel, a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs that manufactures flat-rolled steel and iron ore pellets.