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Algoma Steel lauds decade-long improvement in workplace safety

‘At Algoma, we believe in safety without compromise’ - Michael Garcia
This graph shows the decline in Algoma Steel’s lost time injury frequency rate over the past decade. Lost time injury frequency rate is calculated as (number of lost time injuries in the reporting period x 200,000) / total hours worked in the reporting period.

Michael Garcia, president and chief executive officer of Algoma Steel, is commending his workers for a 10-year improvement in workplace safety.

"At Algoma, we believe in safety without compromise," Garcia told investors during a conference call last week.

"Our continued focus has resulted in substantial improvement over the last decade in our lost-time injury frequency rate," he said.

"I commend our entire team for their collective success and continued diligence as we relentlessly pursue our goal of achieving zero workplace injuries."

Garcia's presentation declared that health and safety remains Algoma's highest priority and the steelmaker is implementing an ISO 45001 Safety Management System.

His declaration came less than a month after a critical workplace injury occurred at Algoma Steel.

In other news, 11:59 p.m. on Monday Aug. 15 is the deadline for contract negotiations with United Steelworkers Local 2251.

The local's negotiating committee is warning rank-and-file members about misinformation being spread on social media.

"Contrary to comments on Facebook, no one from Local 2251 is attending the [Steelworkers] international convention in Las Vegas," the committee advised members.

"Certainly not the negotiating committee. We are ready, able and willing to continue negotiating."

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