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
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.