First World Steel Safety Day Set for April 28

World Steel Safety DayThe World Steel Association (often abbreviated as worldsteel) is set to hold its inaugural Steel Safety Day on Monday, April 28, which coincides with World Day for Safety and Health at Work, held by the International Labour Organisation.

The aim of Steel Safety Day is to raise awareness on the main causes of accidents in the steel industry and increase safety in the workplace. Worldsteel has requested all participating organizations to carry out a two-week audit from April 14-28, focused on identifying the hazards for the main causes of safety incidents within the steel industry and setting up an action plan to manage the hazards and risks for each site.

Worldsteel has identified the five most common causes of safety incidents and preventative measures as:

  • Moving machinery – before any machinery is cleaned, serviced or adjusted all sources of energy including gravity must be isolated, locked, or pinned to prevent movement.
  • Falling from heights – training should be provided on how to use protective equipment and work safely at heights.
  • Falling objects – measures must be taken to prevent objects from falling and all people should be evacuated from areas where this remains a possibility.
  • Asphyxiation or gassing – people should be trained to ensure they can test for and eliminate dangerous gasses in confined spaces.
  • Cranes – daily checks must be carried out on cranes before use to maintain reliable operation.

“The steel industry is a highly automated industry and most manual handling, heavy lifting and many operational activities have been automated,” commented Edwin Basson, director general of worldsteel. “This has removed staff’s exposure to many hazards and reduced safety risks in the working environment. However, safety incidents still happen in the industry today and it is our responsibility to make sure that all applicable measures have been put in place to manage the hazards. We believe all injuries and work-related illness can and must be prevented.”

You can find safety information and resources specific to the U.S. structural steel industry on AISC’s website at