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Alcoa Inc., employees raise $7,500 for Toys for Blount County

Alcoa, Inc., employees gathered at the Alcoa Wal-Mart recently and helped Junior Service League members shop for underprivileged children as part of the Toys for Blount County initiative.

The employees had raised more than $7,500 for the shopping spree. They met at the store the morning of Dec. 11 to purchase toys, books and craft supplies as part of the Toys for Blount program.

The Tennessee Operations employees earned the money through a special in-plant promotion designed to increase the number of injury-free events (IFEs) and risk notifications (RNs) reported.

According to spokesperson Christy Newman, IFEs and RNs represent a proactive and rewarding reporting mechanism to identify potential risk for injury. The more IFEs that can be identified means less injuries that should be sustained, she said.

A practical example of an IFE that would occur at home would be picking up toys off the floor so no one trips over them. IFEs are seen as opportunities - no matter how small the IFE, the impact is great in eliminating a potential incident or risk, Newman said.

For every IFE reported, $5 was donated to purchasing toys for the Junior Service League’s Toys for Blount Program. The result of the campaign is $7,500 - all to help Toys for Blount County.

“Alcoa strives to provide a safe work environment. Through this special campaign, we increase safety awareness throughout the plants and locations,” Newman said. “In turn, we are also able to help the Toys for Blount County program provide new toys to underprivileged children who might otherwise not experience the joy of Christmas.”

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