Rio Tinto Alcan employee passes away following fatal accident at Alma facility in Quebec

MONTREAL, April 30, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan confirms one of its employees passed away following an accident at its Alma facility in Lac-Saint Jean, Quebec. Rio Tinto Alcan and the CSST are conducting investigations to determine the cause of the accident. Rio Tinto Alcan has suspended the activities at the facility's anode plant until further notice.

"This is very sad news for Rio Tinto Alcan as there is nothing more important to us than the security, the safety and well-being of our employees. Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with the employee's family and co-workers", said Etienne Jacques, chief operating officer, primary metal, North America for Rio Tinto Alcan.

The employee's family has been notified, and Rio Tinto Alcan is providing its full support during this difficult time.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.

SOURCE: RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN

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