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Highlights of 03/2015

Created: 3/11/2015
Author: Translated by: Andy BILLINGHAM
Category: 03/2015

Protective angle-pieces from plastic

U. S. Steel Košice's subsidiary company OBAL-SERVIS has supported the Carnegie Way transformation process with an interesting project involving the replacement of metal protective angle-pieces used in coil packaging with plastic ones, which will lead to significant cost-savings every year. There was close cooperation on this project between teams from the Shipping, Procurement and USSE Customer Technical Services divisions. After completing the training the coil packagers started replacing the standard protective angle-pieces made from NKK galvanized sheet with new ones made from plastic. As well as being cheaper, these represent almost waste-free technology.

Transport workers set new record

Employees in the Transfer of Bulk Substrates operation at the U. S. Steel Košice Transport Division last year achieved a new record amount of limestone transported from the Včeláre quarry near Turňa nad Bodvou to the blast furnaced charge-hoppers. Over the course of twelve months in 2014 they brought 631 295 tonnes of limestone by rail to the steelworks, which is a historic record.

New safety feature on overalls

The first group of around 150 employees in primary operations divisions is now checking the use in practice of a new safety feature on their working clothes. The back of their overalls shows the text: If you see me doing something dangerous, STOP ME. The aim of this initiative is to improve employees' awareness and observation of their colleagues, their own or from outside, when they are carrying out their working tasks. If anybody sees another employee engaged in some dangerous activity, or if they think the person may be threatened in some way which s/he is unaware of at that moment, then the words STOP ME should encourage them to warn their colleague about their dangerous actions or the dangerous working conditions.

New dean for Faculty of Metallurgy at TU KE

Last Tuesday, January 27, saw the official inauguration, including presentation of the insignia, of the new dean of the Faculty of Metallurgy at the Technical University of Košice. The ceremony was attended by TU Rector Anton Čižmár, representatives of the academic community, local government and the industrial sphere, including U. S. Steel Košice Vice Presidents Vladimír Jacko and Marcel Novosad, and other guests. For the first time in the Faculty's 63-year history it now has a woman as Dean. She is the former Vice Dean for 'bakalár' and 'inžinier' studies, Assoc. Prof. Iveta Vasková, PhD.

USSK Winter Games continue

Following the beginning of the long-term ice-hockey tournament for the USSK championship and the holding of the cross-country skiing races up at Kojšovská hoľa, the third part of the 19th edition of the U. S. Steel Košice employees' Winter Games will be taking place on Saturday, February 14, up at Jahodná. Adults and youngsters up to the age of 18 will be fighting for medals in giant slalom and snowboard competitions, and of course there will be the traditional children's carnival. Entries for these competitions will be accepted up until February 7, 2015.


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