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Stelco fined $175,000 for health and safety violation

Hamilton, ON -- Oct. 16, 2002 -- Stelco Inc., a large Hamilton steel manufacturer, was fined $175,000 last month fo...


Hamilton, ON — Oct. 16, 2002 — Stelco Inc., a large Hamilton steel manufacturer, was fined $175,000 last month for a violation of Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act that resulted in a serious arm injury to a maintenance worker.

On Sept. 25, 2000, a worker was performing regular maintenance work the company’s Pickle Line #1, where steel strips are cleaned, when a wringer roll broke and fell on the worker’s arm. The wringer roll was used to help remove excess solution after the steel strips passed through a series of acid and water rinse tanks.

The worker was attempting to change the wringer roll when the incident occurred in the Cold Roll and Coated Division at Stelco’s Hilton Works plant in Hamilton. The worker was employed by B.F.C. Industrial Ltd., a subcontractor that supplied mechanical services to Stelco.

Stelco Inc. pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that materials were lifted, carried or moved in such a way that a worker was not endangered. The fine was imposed by Justice Robert Weseloh of the Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton.