MMK employees who helped in rescue efforts after Magnitogorsk accident are presented with awards
Letters of appreciation from the Head of the Main Department of the Emergency Situations Ministry in the Chelyabinsk Region were awarded to 111 employees of MMK Group who were most active in the rescue efforts after the accident. Among them were employees of the drop plant, gas rescue station, management of labour protection and a chief engineer in industrial safety control, the Administrative Department of MMK, OSK, ATA and the plant’s subsidiaries in the social area.
Maxim Pryakhin expressed his gratitude to the management and employees of MMK for their help and support towards the rescuers. “Thanks to you and your equipment, we were able to carry out the work quickly. Thanks to you, we managed to save people's lives, including Vanya Fokin," said Maxim Pryakhin.
CEO of MMK Pavel Shilyaev thanked those who helped in the rescue efforts during the aftermath of the accident. “I thank all of you for responding to this disaster and sparing no effort to help the victims and rescuers. This is our shared tragedy and pain. Once again, thank you all very much."
Early in the morning on 31 December 2018, there was a terrible tragedy. As a result of a gas explosion one of the entrances to a ten-storey residential building collapsed. The explosion and the subsequent collapse claimed the lives of 39 people. From the first hour, employees of the plant and other MMK Group companies joined the rescue efforts to minimise the effects of the accident. There was also special equipment from MMK at the scene. Employees of the enterprise provided the necessary assistance to firefighters and search and rescue services involved in the search of blockages and rescue of people. Among those who helped to minimise the consequences of the accident were gas rescuers and technicians, drivers and mechanics, machinists and electricians, specialists in labour protection and other specialists.
MMK is one of the world's largest steel producers and a leading Russian metals company. The company's operations in Russia include a large steel-producing unit encompassing the entire production chain, from the preparation of iron ore to downstream processing of rolled steel. MMK turns out a broad range of steel products with a predominant share of high-value-added products. In 2017, the company produced 12.9 million tonnes of crude steel and 11.6 million tonnes of commercial steel products. MMK Group had sales in 2017 of USD 7,546 million and EBITDA of USD 2,032 million.
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