Suit filed over steel coils in Alabama

| 8/14/2006

The district attorney in Bessemer, AL, is suing U.S. Steel, claiming the way the company loads steel coils onto flatbeds is unsafe.

The lawsuit is demanding the company be fined, and be prevented from loading any more trucks at its Bessemer plant until it can prove that it’s being done safely.

Officials with the Alabama Department of Transportation told the Montgomery Advertiser there have been 23 instances of steel coils coming loose from, or falling off of, trucks in the Birmingham area since 1987. How many of those coils were loaded by U.S. Steel was unknown.

According to the Advertiser, the company loads coils on its trucks “eyes out” so they could be rolled on or off the rear of the flatbed.