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Ontario court fines Algoma Tubes $70,000

Keywords: Tags  Algoma Tubes, steel pipe, steel tube, fine, Occupational Health and Safety, Tenaris, worker injuries, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — Algoma Tubes Inc. has been fined $70,000 by the Ontario Provincial Offences Court for alleged Occupational Health and Safety Act violations that led to the injury of two workers, according to the court.

The two workers suffered burns when a de-energized control cable that one of the workers was removing at the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario-based facility came into contact with a 480-volt energized panel, it added.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour investigated the incident and found that Algoma Tubes, a division of Luxembourg-based steelmaker Tenaris SA, "failed as an employer to ensure that the workers used rubber gloves, mats, shields or other protective equipment and procedures adequate to ensure protection from electrical shock and burns while performing the work," according to the court.

"We fully participated in the investigation and follow-up, working closely with the Ministry of Labour. We (are) aware of the outcome ... (and) have taken all the necessary next steps internally ... to improve. Both of our employees have fully returned to work," a Tenaris spokesman told AMM via e-mail.

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