Regina Leader Post reported that Evraz North America has been issued two fines totalling CAD 935,000 for a pair of workplace injuries that happened at its Regina steel plant in 2019. Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety said that the company pleaded guilty in Regina Provincial Court on February 9 for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations for two separate incidents. The company pleaded guilty to contravening clause 12(a) of the regulations “being an employer, fail to provide and maintain plant, systems of work and working environments that ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of the employer’s workers, resulting in the serious injury to a worker.”
One of the incidents occurred on January 24, 2019 when a worker was rolling a pipe and slipped on ice and snow, causing them to be pinned between the pipe and a steel plate of a conveyor, resulting in serious injuries. Evraz was fined CAD 257,142 with a CAD 102,857 surcharge, for a total of CAD 360,000.
The other incident happened at the steel plant on February 6, 2019. A worker was attempting to put out a grease fire on a machine, which moved, causing serious injury. The employee lost an arm in the incident. The company was fined CAD 410,714 with a CAD 164,285 surcharge, for a total of CAD 575,000.
The largest steel company in western Canada, EVRAZ Regina, formerly a part of IPSCO Tubular, is a minimill recycling steel scrap and producing carbon steel slabs, flat rolled discrete plate and coil. The energy tubular product line has three major components oil and gas well casing and tubing, small-diameter line pipe and large-diameter line pipe.