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Safety is a great concern in steel mills. Furnaces create incredibly high temperatures, and machines handle mountains of materials. Yet the steel industry is one of the safest in America. While steelworkers of the past worked in searing, dangerous conditions, today's workers often work in air-conditioned spaces and come no closer to machinery than pressing a button. Those who work in close proximity to machines and molten metal wear safety clothing and equipment (hard hats, safety glasses, protective aprons, and so on) provided by the company. Still, some workers are exposed to heat and great amounts of noise. The industry, however, is focused on making mills as safe as possible for workers.

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