Five steelworkers taken to Sault Regional Hospital were treated and released.Seven other employees were “affected” but were not sent to the hospital.
Algoma Steel announced Friday that all five employees sent to the hospital in the incident were treated and released.
A further seven workers were “affected” but were not treated in hospital.
The company said the incident occurred at the north foundry of Algoma’s blast furnace complex, where slag is believed to have come into contact with moisture in a hot iron trough.
“We are well aware of the dangers associated with working with molten metal, and we have comprehensive training and procedures in place to ensure our work is safe,” said Michael Garcia, Algoma’s CEO. We are preparing it,” he said.
“The investigation continues to fully understand what happened,” Garcia said. “Our primary concern is the health and safety of our employees and we would like to thank our first responders for their quick and professional response.” I am grateful.”
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“We can confirm that the incident depicted in the video occurred in the north casting trough of our blast furnace around 10am,” said Laura Devoni, the company’s director of operations and sustainability.
“It looks like slag is spewing out in the trough,” Devoni said.
“We are investigating the situation and root causes to minimize and ensure that incidents of this type are prevented in the future.”
“That’s all we can really say at this point as we want to better understand what happened and we want to respect the privacy of the employees involved in the incident,” she said. .
Devoni said work to return the blast furnace to full production is proceeding as planned, with useable hot metal produced within the next five days and expected to return to full production within the next two weeks.
“That schedule is still the same,” she said.
Devoni did not immediately know the status of the five employees who were treated for burns, but a union official with knowledge of the situation said most had been released from the hospital.
Recommended by the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Immigration, Training and Skills Development. sue today It said Thursday it had not been informed of the incident.
But Devoni said the Department of Labor was notified Thursday morning.