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Milwaukee Worker’s Compensation – WI Foundry Cited After Employee Killed

A La Crosse-base iron foundry was cited for 10 safety violations following a fatal accident last summer. Unfortunately, workplace accidents occur too frequently and more often than not, an employee is injured or killed because of unsafe conditions. Anyone who has experienced a serious workplace injury needs to retain the services of a Milwaukee worker’s compensation team.

Worker’s compensation within Wisconsin is different than in other states; therefore anyone injured within the state should seek out an aggressive Milwaukee worker’s compensation attorney. In this workplace incident, a 30-year-old man was killed when he fell into an electrical inductive furnace as he tried to reline it.  He was working alone at the time at Torrance Castings Inc.

The U.S. Department of Occupational Safety & Health Administration issued 10 safety violations and proposed penalties of $47,700.

The company was cited for failing to:

  • Implement a written confined space permit program and develop procedures and practices to allow safe entry for electric inductive furnaces.
  • Prepare an entry permit prior to entry into the inductive furnace.
  • Provide an attendant outside the permit space for the duration of the entry operation.

Other violations include:

  • Failing to ensure employees pouring metal and shifting weights were wearing arm protection and using face shields.
  • Failing to include the health effects of silica, copper and other hazardous materials in employee training programs.
  • Failing to have a workbench for the stand grinder.
  • Allowing a worker to clean equipment suspended by a half-ton chain hoist.
  • Using electrical equipment in the powdered paint room not rated for such use.

The company also faced one other-than-serious charge. The company has 15 business days to contest the findings, comply and pay the penalties or request an informal conference with the area director.

If you or your loved one has suffered serious injuries in any type of workplace accident, you may want to speak with a Milwaukee worker’s compensation attorney who can assist you in recovering the benefits due. Call today for a free, initial consultation.

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