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UPDATE: Steel Plant Has History Of Safety Violations

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – One of the two men injured in a furnace explosion at a steel plant on Friday has been released from Allegiance Hospital; the other is still being treated for burns at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

The explosion happened around 4 p.m. at Gerdau Macsteel at 3100 Brooklyn Road near Jackson.

A 6 News investigation reveals that Gerdau Macsteel has a history of violations.

According to the Department of Labor's website, a December 2008 inspection showed dozens of violations, including 8 serious safety violations and 14 repeat violations, for a total of 46 violations overall.

In February 2011, three workers were sent to the hospital after hydraulic fluid caught fire at the plant.

The Department of Labor's website also shows that in June 2011, the company received 38 more violations – 9 serious and 21 repeat offenses. These 28 violations are classified as open cases.

But following Friday's explosion, the company released a statement, saying it's "committed to worker safety at all of its facilities and is investigating the cause of the incident in order to ensure that all measures are being taken to maintain a safe work environment."

The plant was evacuated and operations were suspended at the time of the explosion. The company says all safety procedures were followed.

The cause of the furnace explosion is still under investigation.

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