TORONTO Essar Steel
Algoma Inc. has been fined Canadian $250,000 ($242,596) by
Ontarios Ministry of Labour.
The fine was issued for alleged
safety violations after a number of workers were injured at its
steelmaking facility in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, during three
separate incidents in 2011 and 2012.
In May of 2011, three workers
pouring liquid steel from a vessel into a ladle at Essars
facility in Sault Ste. Marie suffered burns of varying degrees
when an unexpected reaction occurred, causing molten steel and
a fireball to be expelled from the vessel, the government body
A ministry investigation found
that workers at risk of exposure to the molten metal
werent protected by a shield, screen or similar
In a separate incident in August
2011, employees at the facility were working to replace a
pulley wheel at the top of a blast furnace when a worker was
struck and injured by a rolling trolley used to hoist a
stationary lifting beam. Stoppers on the beam were worn and
failed to protect the worker from the trolley, the ministry
A third incident occurred in
April 2012, when workers used a forklift to raise a 350-pound
cart from the main floor of the facility to the mezzanine. That
cart fell from the forks and struck a worker in the head,
causing injuries. An investigation showed that the cart was
lifted in a way that "endangered the safety of a worker," the
Essar pleaded guilty to three
violations of Canadas Occupational Health and Safety Act.
It was fined C$150,000 ($145,558) for the first incident and
C$50,000 ($48,519) for each of the others.
A spokeswoman for the Sault Ste.
Marie-based company didnt respondent to requests for