Verbena man dies after explosion at U.S. Steel in Fairfield

Published 3:23 pm Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An explosion at U.S. Steel in Fairfield on Sunday claimed the life of a Verbena man and injured two other employees.

Edward Lamar Bryant, 53, of Verbena, died Sunday at UAB Hospital following the incident.

U.S. Steel released the following statement Monday at 4:44 p.m.: “In the evening of Sunday, Sept. 21, there was an incident at U.S. Steel’s Fairfield Works’ Q-BOP in Birmingham which resulted in the injury of three employees. Following the incident the employees were transported to an area hospital where one employee has unfortunately died as the result of his injuries. An investigation into the incident is underway. The blast furnace operations continue. No further details are available at this time.”

Fairfield Works and Fairfield Tubular Operations, located off Valley Road in Fairfield, are entities of United States Steel Corporation, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh.

Fairfield works is comprised of both steelmaking and finishing facilities, according to information on U.S. Steel’s website. Fairfield Tubular Operations, a seamless pipe mill, is included in the finishing facilities.

Memorial services for Bryant will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Clanton with the Rev. Tony D. Smitherman officiating.

Friends will be received from 2–3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Martin Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, Second Floor, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or ALS Association, P.O. Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN 56007.