First an explosion, then a fire. An incandescent jet of molten steel, sprayed upwards. Accident in the «continuous casting 2» of the ArceorMittal plant in Taranto.
At the time of the explosion, a dozen workers were at work who were not involved “but only because fortunately they were in the waiting booths” and were not affected by the explosion. The roar inside a so-called «tundish», a large container that carries the liquid metal alloy.
To denounce what happened this morning the Union of the base that has released videos and photos taken in the steel plant 2. The fact around 7:30 and are “saved by a miracle all operators on the line. For some time, the metalworkers’ acronyms have been denouncing the lack of maintenance on obsolete systems that require urgent interventions. «The plant safety condition is strongly compromised and has clearly worsened with the AMI-Morselli management» writes Usb again.
The provincial secretary Franco Rizzo speaks of a near tragedy, because “a few seconds would have been enough and now we would find ourselves talking about something irreparable”. The intervention of the fire brigade on duty at the steel mill avoided worse consequences. «We are commenting on yet another ‘near miss’, that is, a serious accident without injury, and we have had too many since Mittal took over the factory».
And on this episode comes the comment of the multinational that specifies “no interruption of the production cycle, nor damage to personnel and plant operators have occurred today” says ArcelorMittal Italia. In the short press release, the company writes that «the employees and the system managed in safety, according to consolidated procedures, a reaction event in the basket during the casting phase in Steel Plant 2».
However, a few lines are not enough for the unions and they asked for an urgent meeting to “verify and analyze the dynamics that generated the event and identify the necessary countermeasures” sign the representatives of the Taranto factory of Fim, Fiom, Uilm and Usb. What happened, according to the Rls “highlights the urgent need for more accurate checks and maintenance” and if no concrete answers are received, “we will not hesitate to contact the relevant external bodies in compliance with the protection of workers”.
An episode that comes in the days when the echo of the company’s disciplinary measures against two workers who according to the multinational would have damaged the corporate image on social media is still strong. According to the Usb, however, the workers were punished for having promoted the viewing of the TV series “Wake up my love”. Issue that was recalled by the secretary Rizzo himself after the explosion in Steel Plant 2 “the government must intervene immediately by removing those who, with an unfortunate and superficial management, are concerned with punishing those who share the broadcast of the fiction, instead of guaranteeing maintenance of the plants now collapsing ».
A case, the one related to TV production, which is making the rounds of the web. One of the authors, Ricky Tognazzi, spread the hashtag #vietatocondedere on Twitter. In the last few hours, Rita Dalla Chiesa also wrote on Facebook: «Nobody from production and direction had pointed the finger at a particular company. However, we are all pointing the finger now against the management’s decision to suspend these workers ».