The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined that an Alco facility in Riverdale, Illinois, was negligent in the death of an employee in July, according to sources. The employee was servicing equipment in the facility’s sheet finishing department at the time of the accident. According to OSHA investigators, a threader table attached to a coil slitter “was not pinned in place” after being positioned, which lead to the machine turning on, killing the employee.
“The employer did not specifically address energy control procedures for controlling movement of the threader table due to gravity,” reads the OSHA report. “The employer had not performed a periodic inspection of the No. 14 coil slitter lockout procedures to ensure any deficiencies were identified.”
OSHA cited six serious safety violations, some of which relate to energy lockout controls and procedures. Proposed fines total $37,800.
“We have received the report, and we’re reviewing it,” said Alcoa spokesman John Riches. Alcoa has fifteen business days to either agree to pay the fines or request a hearing with OSHA.
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