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Noront Steel Fined for Explosion in 2018 Injuring Worker

Steel News - Published on Thu, 16 Jan 2020

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Candian steel fabricator Sudbury based Noront Steel has been fined CAD 70,000 for a 2018 incident in which a worker received critical injuries following an explosion. Noront was found to be in contravention of Section 78(1)(b) of the Industrial Establishments Regulation (Regulation 851) which requires that.where alternations are to be made on a drum, tank or other container it shall be drained and cleaned or otherwise rendered free from any explosive, flammable or harmful substance. Noront pleaded guilty and was fined CAD 70,000 on January 13, 2020. The company will also have to pay a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development reported that on August 24, 2018, a worker was cutting drainage holes into a steel drum with a torch when the barrel exploded into flames. The worker received critical injuries. The ministry noted that Noront used 45-gallon steel drums, obtained from other facilities, to store small steel objects. Following the incident, investigation by the Centre for Forensic Sciences determined that the barrel contained flammable substances, included acetone, methyl ethyl ketone and toluene. The drum that exploded had not been cleaned of explosive and flammable material before the worker cut into it. The worker had not been told of the previous contents of the barrel, and the label on the barrel indicated it contained non-combustible substance, the ministry noted.

In operation since 1945, Noront Steel Limited is a full service steel fabrication firm specializing in the manufacture of structural steel, plate work and miscellaneous steel.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 16 Jan 2020
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