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Accident in Newport steel plant leaves 1 dead

By David Harten

This article was published February 19, 2014 at 3:06 p.m.

NEWPORT — One man is dead after an accident at a Newport steel plant where a ladle of liquid steel apparently spilled while being moved in the facility's melt shop.

According to a news release from the Jackson County sheriff's officer, Michael E. Myers, 49, of Bald Knob, was killed in the accident at the Arkansas Steel Associates plant on Van Dyke Road at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities said a cable on the crane that was moving the kettle of liquid steel broke, causing the kettle "to fall and tip" over, spilling the liquid, which caused Myers' death.

Several emergency crews were called the the scene, including the Arkansas State Police, Newport Fire Department and ambulance service, the Diaz Fire Department and the Jacksonport Fire Department.

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gipper1959 says... February 22, 2014 at 6 p.m.

this is a very sad situation .I lost my nephew mike meyers. a wonderful man .these companies need to get there factories a lot safer.My sister has lost her only son.and there is not any amount of money can bring back this nephew son husband grampa uncle friend.
just think this steel mill took a lot of way from some people who needed him.When all they had to do was make it where there employees cant get hurt.

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