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.

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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