Worker's death at Essar a failure of enforcement



    SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW)
Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser called Thursday's death of union member
Rocky Scullino at Essar Steel Algoma a "tragic failure to enforce worker
protection on the job. Killing at work has to stop."
    USW Local 2251 President Mike DaPrat said a full investigation needs to
take place immediately.
    "Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family of this long-time
Steelworker member," said DaPrat about Scullino, who was 58 with 30 years
seniority at Algoma.
    "A full investigation of the incident that killed Brother Scullino at
Essar's material reprocessing facility needs to result in assurances that this
will never happen again. No one should be killed at work in 2008," said
DaPrat.
    "We also need our governments to not only enforce existing health and
safety legislation but also make it more effective."
    DaPrat criticized labour legislation and called on Liberal MPP
David Orazietti to work for legislative change at Queen's Park to better
protect workers.
    "Time and again our union tries to push for legislation that would bring
about safer workplaces, only to be thwarted by government officials."
    Fraser added: "Employers must not be allowed to shirk their
responsibility of providing safe and healthy workplaces. It is the job of
governments to make sure they do."





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For further information: Mike DaPrat, (705) 942-3900


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