Workers attending to a blast furnace.

Workers attending to a blast furnace.

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Caption: Blast furnace. Workers attend to a blast furnace in a steel works. In blast furnaces, heated air is forced through a mixture of iron ore, coke and limestone. Impurities are burnt off or converted to an insoluble slag which can be skimmed off the surface of the molten metal. Photographed at a British Steel plant in Sheffield, Britain, a city famous for its manufacture of steel. CROWN COPYRIGHT UNDER LICENCE FROM THE HEALTH & SAFETY LABORATORY & CONTROLLER OF HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE.

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Keywords: blast, blast furnace, foundry worker, foundryman, furnace, industry, sheffield, steel works, technology

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