Andy BILLINGHAM, Kamila DEMKOVA
Three steelmakers get Association award
Last Friday, September 7th, Slovak miners, geologists, steelmakers and oilmen celebrated once again, one year on, their big day. The celebrations were also attended
by SR President Ivan Gasparovic, SR Minister for Trade and Industry Lubomir Jahnatek, and other important guests. These by rights included U. S. Steel Kosice President David H. Lohr,
USSK Vice-president Management Services and Administration as well as President of the SR Association of Steelmaking, Mining Industry and Geology Miroslav Kiralvarga, USSK Vice-president Human
Resources Martin Pitorak, Metalurg Trades Union representative Mikulas Dula, and of course USSK employees Jan Kovac from the Hot Strip Mill, Peter Kelly from the Steel Plant and Milan Babjak from
the Cold Strip Mill. For these three Company employees this day was all the more special, because at the grand assembly in the lecture theater of the Faculty of Ecology and Environmental Studies
in Banska Stiavnica, they were presented with the Association's "best worker" award.
Safety video for September 2007
For many employees in the steelmaking branch of industry, partial loss of hearing is a very real hazard. The reason for this loss may lie in impairments of hearing
caused by long-term exposure to excessive noise. Hearing loss does not directly threaten the life of the sufferer, but it has a distinct impact on the quality of his or her life, and often
becomes the cause of problems at work and outside it. Fortunately, hearing loss in the industrial and domestic environments can be successfully prevented through a combination of technical and
organizational measures, hearing protection programs, and appropriately chosen personal hearing protection devices (ear defenders) and their correct usage. These programs are the topic of USSK's
safety video for September.
USSK and Metallurgy School agree on further cooperation
There was a meeting for working discussions on Wednesday of last week, September 5th, on U. S. Steel Kosice premises between GM HR Development and Services
Milan Polca and other managers from his section, and the Principal of the Metallurgical Vocational School in Kosice-Saca Jozef Sablatura and other representatives of the school's management. The
objectives of the meeting were to discuss cooperation in developing the students' specialist knowledge and practical skills, the teaching plan for the future steelmakers using operational
workplaces in the U. S. Steel Kosice works during the school year 2008/2009, and to agree on the continuing approach towards encouraging more young people to be interested in studying
at the Metallurgy School.
USSK Summer Olympics 2007
As is now traditional, the first weekend in September sees the holding of the Summer Olympics for U. S. Steel Kosice employees. The opening ceremony of the
Olympics took place last Friday, September 7th, at the Technical University stadium on Watsonova Street, where 1404 sportspeople assembled, representing all the separate companies, divisions,
plants, departments and sections. On Saturday evening there was the grand announcement of the results and prize-giving ceremony, attended by U. S. Steel Kosice President David H. Lohr
with his wife Susan, Vice-president Human Resources Martin Pitorak and Metalurg Trades Union Council representative Juraj Antalik, who awarded the Olympic medals and also presented the cups to
the three best performers in each of the age categories in the competitions for individuals, as well as the most successful team in the team competition. The closing ceremony also featured the
announcement of results in the Olympian of the Year and the now equally traditional Miss Olympics contests.