Bethlehem Steel employee killed in lathe accident


A Bethlehem Steel Corp. machinist was killed yesterday in an accident involving the lathe he was operating, a company spokesman said.

Samuel F. Garcia Jr., 33, of the 1900 block of Churchville Road in Bel Air was killed while operating a large, high-speed industrial lathe in the finishing mill's machine shop, Ted Baldwin, a Bethlehem Steel spokesman, said.

About 12:30 p.m., Mr. Garcia was pulled into the lathe he was operating at the Sparrows Point plant and struck his head on part of the machinery.

He was pronounced dead at the plant by the Baltimore County coroner's office.

Mr. Garcia had been working as a machinist with the company since July 1990. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Between 1982 and 1990, 10 Bethlehem Steel employees were killed in 26 accidents that also hospitalized 25 and injured 12 workers less seriously, according to the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency figures.

The last employee killed at the Sparrows Point plant was Raymond Pitts, who was electrocuted Aug. 17, 1990, when he touched a toaster with faulty wiring in the lunchroom.

Three other people were killed at the plant in accidents last year, although two of them were not Bethlehem Steel employees. The two worked for contractors doing work at the plant.


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