Constellium plant death being investigated

RAVENSWOOD – Officials are investigating the death of an employee found early Friday morning at Constellium Rolled Products.

Plant spokeswoman Laura Prisc said Jesse McClure, 62, of Racine, Ohio, was discovered unresponsive by a co-worker around 2:45 a.m. Friday. McClure was an equipment operator in the plant’s plate department.

McClure was taken to the emergency room at Jackson County General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Prisc said officials are investigating the death.

“There was nothing obvious” to indicate the cause of death, she said. Prisc added McClure had celebrated his 40th anniversary with the company in April.

Prisc said the department was shut down Friday so officials could investigate. McClure’s family was contacted and grief counselors were arranged for employees.

“Our focus right now is on the investigation and supporting Mr. McClure’s family,” Prisc said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Area Director Prentice Cline of the Charleston Area Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the death was reported to OSHA at 7 a.m. Friday.

“First thing this morning (Friday) we sent a compliance officer out to Constellium to begin their investigation,” he said.

Cline said OSHA typically does not release information during its investigations, which can last up to six months. Once the investigation is closed, OSHA will announce any citations issued and record of the investigation can be made public.

The plant, which produces aluminum plates for aerospace and military applications and aluminum for transportation and industry applications, employs about 950 people.