Asbestos find at Alcoa New York plant sparks concerns

An ongoing investigation into a March 29 fire at Alcoa Inc.’s Massena West aluminum plant in upstate New York led to the discovery of asbestos in the facility’s ceiling.

A spokeswoman for Pittsburgh-based Alcoa confirmed there is asbestos in the roofing material of the casthouse, adding that the company is doing everything it can to ensure its employees’ protection.

"All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the health and safety of our employees," she told AMM. "A significant portion of the casthouse remains closed to ensure employee safety."

Alcoa is testing debris samples, and when samples in areas with no structural concerns test negative those areas are cleared for re-entry, she...


Suzy Waite

May 04, 2012

03:44 GMT

New York