Andy BILLINGHAM, Iveta FIALOVA
Occupational safety and health protection is solely in our hands
This idea is currently being propagated by more than fifty billboards placed in workplaces in USSK's divisional plants and subsidiary companies, as well as in the
public access areas around the steelworks. Employees' signatures, which are gradually being added to the billboards, declare each person's commitment to working safely. The first to sign the
billboards on Wednesday, March 28, were the top managers of U. S. Steel Kosice led by President David J. Rintoul. This signature drive is just one of many activities implemented by
Company management in a continuing effort to raise employees' awareness of occupational safety.
US Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick visits steelmakers
On March 29, U. S. Steel Kosice was visited by the Ambassador of the United States of America in the Slovak Republic, Theodore Sedgwick, as part of his
working stay in Kosice. He had a meeting with USSK President David J. Rintoul, and went on a plant tour of several of the steelworks operations.
Ceremony marks Ford's certificate award
The Q1 certificate from leading automobile manufacturer Ford has been on display in a place of honor since March 30. This document confirming the quality of our
products was hung in a frame on the vestibule wall in the Company's main admin building during a small ceremony attended by U. S. Steel Kosice President David J. Rintoul and other
Company managers. Another feature of this prestigious award is the Q1 flag, which now flies from one of the flagpoles outside the main building.
Results for fifth year of Together for the Region grant program
Tuesday, April 3, saw the official announcement at U. S. Steel Kosice of the results for the fifth edition of the annual grant program named Together for
the Region, a joint undertaking of USSK and the Carpathian Foundation. Symbolic checks for the implementation of public-benefit projects, were handed over to representatives of eleven non-profit
organizations and municipalities by USSK President David J. Rintoul and Carpathian Foundation Director Laura Dittel. There were originally 67 applications for grants, and the eleven interesting
and innovative projects which ultimately gained support will involve Company employees in their implementation.
Corporate safety audit carried out
At the end of March the regular corporate safety audit was carried out at USSK. The eight-member group of auditors from the United States, made up of representatives
from the U. S. Steel Corporation operations and its top management, concentrated primarily on an in-depth verification of the understanding of the life-threatening situations programs.
At the same time they undertook a large number of safety conversations with employees.
Traffic playground for children
The Galakticka Street kindergarten in Kosice, thanks to financial support from U. S. Steel Kosice, now boasts a new children's traffic playground. The
Safely on the Roads initiative was one of the projects that gained funding in last year's Together for the Region grant program, which USSK jointly organizes with the Carpathian Foundation. The
playground is intended for children as a means of preventing road traffic accidents. The official opening on March 28 was also attended by the wife of the USSK President, Mary Rintoul.