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Davenport fatality lands Alcoa OSHA fine

Keywords: Tags  Alcoa, OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Davenport plant, aluminum plant, Robert Leech, worker fatality, Suzy Waite

NEW YORK — Alcoa Inc. has been fined more than $37,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following the death of a worker at its Davenport, Iowa, plant this past summer.

The worker, Robert Leech, was working on a coil slitter in the sheet finishing department in Davenport on July 16 when the accident occurred, an OSHA spokesman told AMM.

"(The equipment) was not secure, which resulted in traumatic injuries," the OSHA spokesman said.

According to the citation and penalty notice filed with Alcoa on Sept. 19, the total amount of the fine is $37,800.

The platform wasn’t "pinned in place after (it was) positioned in order for personnel to reach the threader table motor" and "the authorized employee did not have knowledge of the type and magnitude of the energy, the hazards of the energy to be controlled, and the method or means to control the energy before ...turning off the machine," among others, OSHA alleged in the citation.

"We have received the report and we’re reviewing it in ongoing discussions with OSHA," a spokeswoman for Pittsburgh-based Alcoa told AMM. "We take safety very seriously and will be addressing items in the report and making corrective actions as required."

She declined to comment further.

Production at the rolling mill resumed after a brief equipment shutdown following the accident (, July 17).

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