published: 1 August 2022, updated 2 August 2022
On 1 August 2022, at the SIJ Metal Ravne steelworks, an explosion occurred during the night shift at around 3 a.m. when slag was discharged from the electric arc furnace (EAF), presumably due to a wet slag trough. The fire was immediately extinguished by firefighters from KGZ Ravne na Koroškem. One of the workers was referred from the health centre in Ravne to the hospital in Slovenj Gradec for observation due to contusions and was discharged home on 2 August 2022. There was EUR 10,000 worth of damage caused to installations, which our maintenance staff have already repaired. The electric arc furnace and other units in the steelworks are undamaged. There were no adverse environmental effects. The steelworks was restarted yesterday shortly after 10 a.m., and work at other SIJ Metal Ravne plants is also proceeding smoothly.
At SIJ Metal Ravne, as well as in all other SIJ Group companies, regular inspections of working equipment are carried out by external and internal departments, and any deficiencies are corrected on an ongoing basis. We analyse the causes of all incidents in great detail and take precautions to ensure that similar incidents do not occur in the future. Thus, we ensure the occupational health and safety of our employees and protect the environment, which is a key part of SIJ Group's commitment to sustainability.