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Worker’s legs severely injured in rail yard accident at Gerdau Steel Mill

Posted at 6:49 PM, Sep 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-17 06:47:23-04

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- An industrial accident at one of Dinwiddie County's largest employers has left one man in the hospital in serious condition.

The accident happened at the Gerdau Steel Mill Monday just before noon in the northern part of the county.

A news release from the company confirms the employee was injured in an incident in the rail yard.

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Sources told CBS 6 News that the young man had both his legs severely injured in the accident.

LifeEvac was brought in to transport the man to VCU Medical Center.

A company spokesperson says the last "Lost Time Accident" at the Dinwiddie facility was in December 2011. Before that, it was 2009.

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CBS 6 News has reached out to the Virginia Department of Labor to see if they are conducting an investigation, but they had not returned our calls as of 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Gerdau, which is the largest tax payer in Dinwiddie County and ranks in the top five for employment and ranks as one of the top recyclers in the Commonwealth, operates 17 steel mills in the U.S. and Canada, as well as facilities in countries around the world.