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
According to the citation and
penalty notice filed with Alcoa on Sept. 19, the total amount
of the fine is $37,800.
The platform wasnt "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
were 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
Production at the rolling mill
resumed after a brief equipment shutdown following the accident
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