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Noranda worker dies after incident at Ark. mill

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CHICAGO — A worker has died from injuries sustained at Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp.’s rolling mill in Newport, Ark.

Larry Ball, an employee of the company for three decades, was injured March 11 in an "incident involving rolling mill equipment," the Franklin, Tenn.-based aluminum producer said, noting that he died later that day after being flown to the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark.

Ball was working as a mill helper when he was killed, Noranda said in an e-mail to AMM March 17. The company is investigating his death and is cooperating in probes undertaken by other authorities, including the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Noranda said.

The company declined to comment on whether production might have been impacted.

The Newport rolling mill has an annual capacity of about 33 million pounds, according to Noranda’s website. It processes reroll product into light-gauge foil for the flexible packaging, insulation, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning markets.

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