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Flying Metal Kills Worker

By: Scott Saxton/ Associated Press Email
By: Scott Saxton/ Associated Press Email

A Special Metals spokeswoman says that it was a flying ball bearing that killed a worker at the plant Sunday night.

Company spokeswoman Eileen Drake says 57- year old Roger Stephens died when a ball bearing shot out of a piece of equipment being serviced. Drake says the ball bearing apparently struck Stephens in the
side.

Medical technicians attempted to treat Stephens, but he died at the scene. The Wayne resident had worked at the plant since at least 1992.

The plant has resumed production, but Drake says Special Metals
plans to have counselors available Wednesday and Thursday.

Drake says Special Metals also is working with Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The last fatal accident at the Huntington plant occurred in 1996.

The plant produces high-performance nickel-based alloys and
super alloys.

On Monday, the company released a statement through Tracy Hutson, the manager of communications and legal affairs.

"We are all deeply saddened by the loss of one of our friends and co-workers last evening. Roger Stephens was a valued Special Metals employee and we wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends. We have met with family members and are doing everything in our power to help them through this tragedy.
Special Metals takes plant safety very seriously. An investigation is underway as to the exact circumstances surrounding this accident."

Special Metals produces high performance nickel-based alloys and super alloys.


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