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Man dies of industrial injuries suffered two weeks ago at Clairton Works

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Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, 7:45 p.m.

A McKees Rocks man died Friday of injuries he suffered two weeks ago at U.S. Steel Corp.'s Clairton Works, county and company officials said Saturday.

Russell J. Brown, 64, suffered burns during at the plant's quench tower, where water is used to cool down the newly made coke that comes out of the plant's batteries, said company spokeswoman Courtney Boone.

Also known as coke ovens, the batteries convert coal to coke by baking it at extremely high temperatures. The coke is then pushed into a railcar that takes it to the quench tower where it is cooled down.

The incident is still under investigation, and the company isn't releasing further details of the incident or Brown's work history, she said.

Brown died Friday at 7:06 p.m. at UPMC Mercy.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy Saturday, but the cause of death is pending, a spokesman said.



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