$8.2 Million Awarded in Beta Steel Explosion


Where did the incident take place?

Beta Steel in Portage, Indiana

Who was involved in the incident?

Defendants: Amerifab Inc., Praxair Inc., Rubicon Refractories Inc., and AMI GE

Stephen Kinlaw- Plaintiff, severely injured in the explosion

Michael Kies- Plaintiff, killed in the explosion

What was the cause?

Water leak in the Electric Arc Furnace (EAF), caused by EAF parts provided by Defendants and modifications made to the EAF (to use both electric and chemical energy) by Defendants, all to speed up the melting process.

Who do you feel is at fault?

All Defendants, acting in concert with Beta Steel.

What did Kenneth J. Allen Law Group do to prepare for this case?

Extensive research and expert consultation regarding the operation of the EAF and its component parts. Reviewed voluminous documents obtained through discovery and conducted numerous depositions of parties and other witnesses.

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Click here to read the NWI times story on this case


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