Tuesday, January 25

Savoy. A person reported missing after an accident at a steelworks

A “serious accident” occurred this Monday morning in a factory of the steel maker Ugitech in Ugine (in Savoie). “For a still unknown reason”, an overhead crane used to transport loads in a workshop on the site “collapsed during a production operation, causing the fall of a bucket containing molten metal, without flow of the latter at this stage ”, indicates the prefecture, as reported by our colleagues from Dauphiné Liberated.

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A missing person is actively sought by the emergency services, while the other employees of the Ugitech plant, a subsidiary of the Swiss Steel Group, were evacuated outside the building.

Electrical fire

About fifty firefighters were mobilized to cool the installations, the operation requiring “to make openings in the side bays of the steelworks building to allow the heat to escape”. This maneuver generated fumes “which do not present a danger to the population,” said the prefecture.

An electrical fire, probably linked to the collapse of the bridge, broke out on the site, said the director of the departmental fire and rescue service (SDIS) of Savoie, Emmanuel Clavaud.

“We are very actively looking for the worker who has disappeared but we are intervening in a context where we have in particular a pocket of molten metal nearby, so that requires taking a lot of precautions”, he added, specifying that the The relief operation promised to be “long-term”.


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