The annual report contains 63 reports on incidents that occurred in 2009, down from 83 incidents the previous year. Many reports indicated injuries were prevented thanks to proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worn by employees.

The Molten Metal Incident Report is the result of a voluntary reporting programme that captures explosions and near misses at facilities that melt aluminium.

Although not intended to be statistically representative of the entire industry, the report provides information for the industry to help guide its safety efforts in molten aluminium environments. The reporting programme has been in place since 1983.

The incident reporting programme covers both member companies and non-member companies of the Aluminum Association. About 220 representatives of companies with plants in 20 countries participate in the programme.

The report is available free of charge to companies that agree to submit reports of future incidents should they occur at their facility.

Companies wishing to participate in the programme and receive a copy of the current report should contact the Aluminum Association’s Environment, Health & Safety Director, Chuck Johnson, at cjohnson@aluminum.org.