News Release USDL: 95-251
Thursday, June 30, 1995
Contact: Deborah Page Crawford, (202) 219-8151
OSHA Announces Settlement Agreement With Ravenswood Aluminum
Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. of Ravenswood, W.Va. has agreed to
pay $1,175,000 in penalties proposed by the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) and significantly improve
employee safety and health at its West Virginia facility.
"The health and safety of America's workers is one of our
highest national priorities not only at Ravenswood Aluminum but
at all six million workplaces in this country," said Assistant
Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Joseph A.
"The most important aspect of this settlement is that
Ravenswood will fix the problems quickly so that no other workers
will face potentially fatal risks," he said.
On Nov. 9, 1994, OSHA proposed $2.1 million in penalties
against Ravenswood Aluminum for violations of OSHA's
lockout/tagout standard following a May 13, 1994, accident that
killed one employee.
The W.Va. facility has 2,200 employees who are represented
by the United Steelworkers of America, Local #5668.
In addition to correcting the cited hazards and paying the
$1,175,000 penalty, Ravenswood has agreed to:
Implement a comprehensive, ongoing energy control program
that includes training, periodic inspections and developing
Complete the development of its energy control procedures
for its casting and reduction plants within six months and for
its fabrication plant within 12 months;
Complete the training for its casting, reduction, and
fabrication plant employees within six months;
Take appropriate action in a timely manner not to exceed
30 days if any periodic inspection reveals that the steps of
energy control procedures are deficient;
Conduct welding testing and training for casting
department employees involved in welding within six months and
for reduction and fabrication plant within 12 months;
Report to OSHA at intervals of nine and 18 months the
status of its progress in complying with the schedules for
completing energy control procedures and welding testing and
Withdraw its notice of contest to the citations and
notification of proposed penalty.
OSHA is empowered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act
of 1970 to issue standards and rules requiring employers to
provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces and
jobsites, and to ensure through workplace inspections that those
standards are followed.