Essar Steel fined $60,000 in worker’s ‘slip and fall’ case

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Essar Steel Algoma Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie has pleaded guilty and has been fined $60,000 after a worker slipped on ice on the way in to work and was injured.

On the morning of March 11, 2015, an Essar employee was arriving at the mill, walking along a designated walkway employees are required to use. The worker slipped and fell on a build-up of ice in a slope across the walkway, sustaining injuries as a result.

Essar Steel Algoma Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to keep a walkway used by workers free of hazards and/or accumulation of snow or ice. The company was fined $60,000 by Justice of the Peace Paula J. Nichols in Sault Ste. Marie court on July 6, 2016.

Earlier this year the company was fined $100,000 for an August 2014 incident in which three workers were injured in a steam explosion. The company was fined by Justice of the Peace Philip M. Stanghetta in Sault Ste. Marie court on June 8, 2016.

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In addition to the fine, the court imposed 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. – CINWEWS

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