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Evraz handed $60,400 fine after injury at Regina plant

Keywords: Tags  Evraz, Regina, safety violation, injury, fine, coil, plate, pipe Michael Cowden

TORONTO — Evraz Inc. North America’s steel plant in Regina, Saskatchewan, has been fined Canadian $60,000 ($60,400) after the company pleaded guilty to a safety violation.

The provincial government said the safety lapse was discovered when a worker was seriously injured in January 2009 after becoming entangled in the motor drive shaft of a crane hoist.

Evraz was accused of failing to ensure that effective safeguards were in place to prevent workers from coming into contact with potentially dangerous moving machine parts.

A spokeswoman for the Chicago-based steelmaker confirmed that Evraz had reached a resolution with safety officials over the incident, adding that safety was a priority at the company. "Evraz has a very strong and proactive commitment to safety, including employee communications, training and continuous improvement programs," she said.

Evraz’s Regina operations produce steel plate and coil used to make products like oil country tubular goods and line pipe.

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