April 27, 2009 | Barb Carr

Using TapRooT® in a Kaizen Project to Improve Product Quality

Ron Pryor is a Senior Staff Safety Engineer and the facility’s Human Performance Coordinator at Alcoa’s Davenport Works aluminum rolling mill in Bettendorf, Iowa. He will be presenting Using TapRooT® in a Kaizen Project to Improve Product Quality at the 2009 TapRooT® Summit.


Ron’s presentation will discuss how Alcoa Davenport Works learned how to move from a reactive incident investigation to a proactive approach incorporating snapcharting, safeguards analysis, and barriers to errors into the facility’s kaizen process improvement activities.

Ron’s 28 year Alcoa career has included assignments in Operating Line Management, Production Planning and Supply Chain, and over 17 years in Health and Safety, where he has worked with the full spectrum of safety programs and initiatives. Ron is currently leading and coordinating the integration of human performance concepts, including root cause analysis, across all organizational functions. Ron is a Certified Safety Professional, a Certified TapRooT® Instructor, and a member of ASSE. Ron attended Wittenberg University (BA Business Administration) and West Virginia University (MS Safety Management). After spending a significant portion of the past 20 years coaching and officiating youth soccer, volleyball, and basketball, Ron is trying to find time to prepare for a 300 mile bicycle ride across Iowa in the summer of 2009.

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