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Smelter penalized $662K

Rio Tinto Alcan has been issued a massive penalty by WorkSafeBC for an incident at the company’s Kitimat aluminium smelter.

According to a penalty summary online, Rio Tinto Alcan was penalized a little over $662,000 last month.

“While conducting maintenance work inside a gas treatment centre reactor, two workers were trapped inside the reactor and sustained exposure injuries,” WorkSafeBC said, adding the work had been undertaken without the proper locks in place as required by company policy.

“The firm failed to ensure that energy-isolating devices were locked in a safe position using acceptable procedures made available to all workers required to work on the equipment,” the summary continues, explaining it was a “high risk” violation.

WorkSafeBC penalties are calculated, in part, by taking into consideration the company's total payroll. Rio Tinto is the world third largest mining conglomerate based on revenue and employs 47,000 people globally. 

 



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