In Korea, we are going through one of the hottest summers in recent years. In streets, people are sweating buckets as the temperature hovers around at mid-30℃. Can you image what it would be like working at steelworks in this weather? ‘Hello, POSCO’ took several snaps of POSCO employees to share how much passion and sweats they are embracing while working in the unimaginable heats.
No Summer Can Stop Us at Pohang Steelworks and Gwangyang Steelworks
Regardless how hot it is out there, POSCO’s Pohang Steelworks and Gwangyang Steelworks continue pouring out hot molten metals. These are the photos of POSCO employees fighting against the hot summer with passion and spirit.
Han Woo-sik, of Material Quality Management Team, is removing scales at Pohang 4th Continuous Casting Area’s Correction Yard
Employees from POSCO Family ‘Donghoo’ are focusing on scarfing on hot slabs
An employee at Pohang 3rd Wire Rod Factory gives a thumb-up while checking flaws on 200℃ hot coils
Kim Hyun-soo, Pohang Steelworks Main Maintenance Division, is operating a special welding in a mask and gloves
POSCO Family ‘Sejongro’ employees pose at Pohang 3rd Cokes Factory in heatproof gears and masks
Pouring molten metal into a cast at Gwangyang 2nd Continuous Casting Factory
An employee at Gwangyang 2nd Wire Rod Factory checks flaws on 500℃ how coils
To cool the unbearable heats from the weather and the facilities, POSCO is providing ice machines and cold water fountains at Pohang Steelworks and Gwangyang Steelworks. It is to protect POSCO employees’ health and safety from working at offices, control rooms and high temperature worksites.
How Our Employees Fight Face-to-Face With Summer Outside Steelworks
Pohang Steelworks’ in-factory refectory has been serving ‘Samgyetang,’ a tradition Korean chicken soup with ginseng, so our employees can ward off summer heat and stay healthy. On July 23rd, we also have shared red bean ice desserts with 189,000 employees of POSCO and outsourcing partners. During the feast, POSCO’s managing directors listened to the employees’ voices over any difficulties they are facing. This would be helpful for improving the working condition at the steelworks.
Kang Hae-won, PRTech, is smiling while having a bowl of hot soup at Pohang 1st Cold Rolling Factory
Employees at 4th Furnace Factory’s Iron Making Division are having watermelons
A Pohang Steelworks employee is wiping the face of his fellow employee from TCC Hanjin
On July 12th, Gwangyang Steelworks shared hot chicken soups, cold watermelons and red bean ice desserts with all factories to encourage the workers and to protect their health. The wives of Gwangyang Steelworks’ employees also joined to prepare the meals for their husbands working in this hot summer.
Employees at a shipping crane are given encouraging refreshments from a colleague at Gwangyang Steelworks’ Manufacturing Technology Department
Employees at Gwangyang Steelworks’ Chemical Division are wiping their faces near the hot-aired 5th Cokes Furnace
Employees at Technology Institute are having watermelons, prepared by their families
Gwangyang Steelworks’ employees at Iron Making Division are chilling themselves with ice-creams during the break
The wives of Gwangyang Steelworks’ 1st Steelmaking Factory employees prepare cold noodles for their husbands
The wives of Gwangyang Steelworks’ 2nd Cold Rolling Factory are serving cold watermelon salad to the employees
Employees are receiving medial consultations
During the hot season, the Health Promotion Teams in Pohang Steelworks and Gwangyang Steelworks provide travelling clinic service. From early July, the medical teams which consist of doctors, pharmacists, nurses and industrial hygiene managers, visit each workplace two to three times a week, and this will continue until the end of August.
It is truly impressive and we are in awe of the POSCO employees’ challenging spirits in this weather. We hope their morale was also boosted by the supports from their families and colleagues.