Blog Post #8 – Essar Steel Algoma Inc. Fined in Fatality

Blog Post #8 – Essar Steel Algoma Inc. Fined in Fatality

A $300,000 fine was levied against Essar Steel Algoma Inc., In mid-October, following the death of a worker two years ago. The penalty was ordered in the wake of a fatality at the company’s steel mill on October 30, 2008. A guilty plea was entered regarding the company’s failure to ensure that appropriate overhead guarding was in place to prevent falling material from harming a worker, notes the MOL in Toronto.

Three workers had been doing a pre-start check on a conveyor used to pile rocks, the MOL reports. Maintenance team members believed the system was empty, but toward the end of the check, material weighing more than 125 kilograms fell off the conveyor about one worker, causing fatal crushing injuries.

In a separate incident, a worker was checking a truck battery on July 31, 2008, when it exploded and splattered liquid, (electrolyte) in the worker’s face. The worker made it to an emergency eyewash fountain, but the unit was not working. Essar Steel Algoma was handed a $25,000 fine for failing to maintain an eyewash fountain in good condition, as required by Ontario’s Regulations for Construction Projects.

My opinion,

Where was the checklist required to check the conveyor and was there a tool box meeting, conducted by the supervisor, before hand. All these questions should have been asked and answered prior to any maintenance of the equipment and review. It seems like this particular company refused to either create the procedures or FORGOT to discuss them before hand. Too bad for the worker.

Ensure that your workplace is always a safe place. Safety take a little time but the cost savings will be worthwhile. Essar Steel Algoma would have benefitted from the procedural changes.

Ensure your workplace is a safe place.

Remember In Ontario, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”

‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.

Daniel L. Beal
CHSEP – Advanced Level
VP & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.



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