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ArcelorMittal Dofasco Fined for Workplace Incidents

Steel News - Published on Mon, 20 Jan 2020

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Hamilton Ontario based steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal Dofasco has been fined close to CAD 300,000 after pleading guilty in two separate workplace incidents from 2018. ArcelorMittal Dofasco was fined CAD 170,000 for a May 2018 blast furnace malfunction, and another CAD 120,000 for the December 2018 incident involving a coil prep line.

The Ministry of Labour said the May 23 incident involved two workers cleaning a platform on the outside of a blast furnace. Valves on the furnace malfunctioned while the workers were sweeping, and gas and dust from the furnace engulfed the workers. After examinations from a MOL hygienist, it was determined the workers inhaled Carbon Monoxide concentrations higher than limits set by the province’s occupational exposure limits. The MOL said ArcelorMittal failed to comply with regulations that require employers to take measures to limit the exposure of workers to hazardous biological or chemical agents.

The second incident in December 2018 happened on a coil prep line. A worker was feeding flat stock material into a pair of rollers when he accidentally hit a reverse switch and made contact with the pinch point of the two rollers. Investigators later determine there were no perimeter gates, access panels and guardrails on one side of the apparatus, which are required by Ontario’s safety act.

The ministry says ArcelorMittal failed as an employer to follow regulations in accordance with the occupational health and safety act.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 20 Jan 2020
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