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February 10, 2000

Addy manufacturer recognized for worker safety & health efforts

TUMWATER - NW Alloys' magnesium manufacturing plant in Addy (Stevens County) will receive national recognition today for innovative efforts in support of workplace safety and health in partnership with the Department of Labor & Industries.

NW Alloys, a subsidiary of ALCOA Inc., becomes the third Washington employer to be recognized as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) worksite, one of 581 such sites across the nation. NW Alloys achieved this recognition by passing a Labor & Industries safety audit and on-site review.

More than 350 workers are employed on site, manufacturing magnesium with dolomite mined from the company's adjoining quarry. Operations include smelting, rail shipment, material handling and heavy machinery operations. Potential hazards include extreme heat, confined spaces, noise levels, chemical exposure and ergonomic issues. Despite the hazards, the company's three-year injury rate is 40 percent below the industry average, and its lost or restricted workday incident rate is 60 percent below the industry standard.

The VPP status was conferred for the company's leadership, commitment and extensive employee participation in a continual safety and health improvement program.

The VPP recognition will be presented in ceremonies at the Addy site, 60 miles north of Spokane, today. Participants include federal, state and local officials as well as corporate executives and employees.

For more information regarding the VPP program, go to: /wisha/topics/vpptoc.htm
or call 360/902-5515.

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