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Rio Tinto Alcan suspends Alma anode plant

Keywords: Tags  Rio Tinto Alcan, Alma, production, worker death, fatality, Jethro Wookey

LONDON — Rio Tinto Alcan has suspended the anode plant at its Alma facility in Quebec in order to investigate the cause of an accident in which a worker died.

The worker died at the facility following an accident about 1 a.m. local time, the company said April 30.

"While the anode production has been temporarily suspended, aluminum production at Alma has not been impacted," a company spokesman said April 30.

Rio Tinto Alcan and Quebec’s occupational health and safety commission CSST are conducting investigations to determine the cause of the accident, and the facility’s anode plant has been suspended until further notice.

"This is very sad news for Rio Tinto Alcan, as there is nothing more important to us than the security, the safety and well-being of our employees," Etienne Jacques, the Montreal-based company’s chief operating officer of primary metal in North America, said in a statement.

"Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with the employee’s family and co-workers." 

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.

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