A serious accident took place shortly after 10:40 a.m. on the Ugitech metallurgy industrial site in Ugine, in Savoie, north of Albertville. A production bridge has fallen into the steelworks workshop. The employees were evacuated, but one of them is missing. This Monday at the beginning of the afternoon, he was still actively sought by the emergency services.
“For a still unknown reason, a steelworks bridge collapsed during a production operation causing the fall of a bucket containing molten metal without flow of the latter at this stage”, specifies the prefecture in a press release.
About fifty firefighters on site
The fire that started as a result of this accident was brought under control at midday. About fifty firefighters were still mobilized at the start of the afternoon to cool the installations. “This operation requires making openings in the side bays of the steelworks building to allow the heat to escape; this maneuver generated fumes which do not present any danger to the population.“, insist the authorities.
Management specifies that “the internal organization plan was triggered immediately after detection of the event and the crisis unit activated, the Ugitech factory, shocked by this accident, is doing everything possible to support employees and workers on site and search for the person missing at this time. “
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