Accident Description

Accident: Bethlehem Steel Corporation Gas Condensate Fire

Location: Location: Chesterton, IN

Accident Occurred On: 02/02/2001 | Final Report Released On: 12/06/2001

Accident Type: Chemical Manufacturing - Fire and Explosion

Investigation Status: The final report on this investigation was approved on December 6, 2001.

On February 2, 2001, a fire occurred at Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Burns Harbor mill in Chesterton, Indiana. One Bethlehem Steel millwright and one contractor supervisor died. Four Bethlehem Steel millwrights were injured, one seriously. Workers were attempting to remove a slip blind and a cracked valve from a coke oven gas line leading to a decommissioned furnace. During removal of the valve, flammable liquid was released and ignited.