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Mittal Steel criticised by Kazakhstan over safety

Mittal Steel Co, the world's biggest steelmaker, was criticised by Kazakhstan over safety standards.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 20:43 IST

Mittal Steel Co, the world's biggest steelmaker, was criticised by Kazakhstan over safety standards and pay at a coal mine in the central Asian state where an accident killed 23 workers in 2004.

Kazakh Prime Minister Danial Akhmetov on Thursday asked Grigory Present, the executive director at Mittal's Kazakh coal unit, to say how much has been invested in safety since the accident at the Shakhtinskaya mine.

Akhmetov also questioned pay levels.

"The productivity at the mines is approaching to the world level; then tell me, why the miners' salaries are kept at a low level," Kazakhstan's state-owned news service cited Akhmetov as saying in a report.

Rotterdam-based Mittal in December 2004 said 23 people were killed and three injured in a blast at Shakhtinskaya.

"Each manager at their own post must carry out their duties," Present said, according to the report.