Two AK Steel coke plants receive industry's highest safety award

March 18, 2009

AK Steel said today that, for the first time in history, the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI) bestowed its highest award for safety on two cokemaking plants in the same year, both of which are AK Steel facilities.

The Max Eward Safety Award annually recognizes the ACCCI-member coke plant having the best safety record. AK Steel's Ashland and Middletown coke plants both earned the award because employees at each location worked the entire year of 2008 while logging a safety record of zero OSHA recordable injuries.

"Congratulations to our employees at the Ashland and Middletown coke plants whose outstanding dedication to safety has earned them this prestigious recognition," said James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel. "It is truly an historic achievement to have two AK Steel facilities earn this honor in the same year, which further demonstrates AK Steel's commitment to safety as our company's highest priority."

The awards mark the 11th time in the past 12 years that AK Steel coke plants have been selected for ACCCI's highest safety honor, and the fourth consecutive year that the Ashland coke plant received the award. The company's Middletown coke plant is now an eight-time recipient of the Max Eward Award.

"AK Steel and its employees at the company's Ashland and Middletown coke plants are to be congratulated for their extraordinary commitment to safety," said Bruce Steiner, president of ACCCI. "Their accomplishment of earning two Max Eward Awards in the same year is unprecedented. AK Steel has done a tremendous job year after year at both Ashland and Middletown to protect its most important asset—its people."

Steiner explained that the purpose of the award is to inspire and encourage ACCCI-member companies to improve their industrial safety programs and prevent personal injuries. The award is named for a former chairman of the institute's Manufacturing, Environmental, and Safety and Health committee.

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