Sydney Steel Corporation Business Plan 2004-05 (continued)
Performance in Prior Year
In the 2003-2004 fiscal year, there have been a number of changes
to the SERL/Sysco operations aimed at building a new future and
new opportunities for the site, the local economy and the Province
of Nova Scotia.
Demolition of the former Sysco site continues on time and
on budget. The major steelmaking equipment has been sold to Maxsteel
Limited of the United Kingdom. Demolition is more than 60 per cent
To date, in excess of 30 buildings and structures have been removed.
These include the machine shop, boiler shop, electrical repair shop,
calcite plant, old roll shop, #2 open hearth and stacks, blooming
mill pit building and stacks, #3 blast furnace and stoves, tieplate
building, and rail-finishing mill.
The electric arc furnace (EAF) and universal mill buildings will
be dismantled and moved off site, and several other buildings will
be maintained for use in the planned industrial park.
Sysco has put in place a detailed decommissioning process to be
followed before a building can be demolished. This includes a careful
inspection to ensure that all environmental and safety matters are
dealt with prior to the commencement of any demolition activity.
Occupational Health and Safety
Safety for workers and for the community is the first priority for
both companies. They are committed to meeting or exceeding all requirements
of Nova Scotia's Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
The job of demolition and site cleanup at Sysco has a high degree
of complexity. The management team takes safety very seriously.
The end goal is to keep workers safe and healthy so they can continue
to make an important contribution to their workplace, their communities,
and their families.
Sysco has a detailed site safety plan in place. It places a premium
on continuously improving safety policies and practices. Contractors
and sub-contractors must abide by this master plan. In addition,
both companies have full-time safety officers who serve as watchdogs
for the entire project.
Overall, Sysco places emphasis on proactive approaches to prevent
accidents, injury, and illness through an internal responsibility
system. This is based on the co-operation and involvement of all
workplace parties in occupational health and safety matters. In
the course of more than 170,000 hours of work, we were fortunate
enough to have had only three lost-time accidents during 2003-2004.