Region 5 News Release: V-193
June 19, 2000
Contact: George Yoksas
Proposed Penalties total $201,500
OSHA ISSUES CITATIONS TO WESTWOOD ALUMINUM CASTINGS, INC., WAUKESHA, WIS., FOR ALLEGED SAFETY AND HEALTH VIOLATIONS
The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations alleging four willful and five serious violations to Westwood Aluminum Castings Inc., in Waukesha, Wis., after a worker suffocated inside a sand silo. The proposed penalties totaled $201,500.
According to George Yoksas, area director for the Milwaukee office, a safety inspection was conducted after OSHA received a referral about a fatality which occurred on December 17, 1999. In that accident, an employee suffocated while working inside a sand silo that was placed in operation.
Four citations for alleged willful violations were issued to the firm, two for confined space and two for lockout procedures. The employer had comprehensive written programs for the confined space standard and the lockout standard but failed to implement them.
Five citations for alleged serious violations were issued for machine guarding, hook maintenance, electrical standards, and working surfaces.
One citation for an alleged other-than-serious violation was issued for chain slings which lacked identification. The slings did not have a required tag which indicated the rated size, grade and capacity.
Westwood Aluminum Castings Inc. is at 1242 Lincoln Avenue, Waukesha.
OSHA defines a willful violation as one in which the employer either knowingly failed to comply with a legal requirement or acted with plain indifference to employee safety.
OSHA defines a serious violation as a hazardous condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.
Westwood Aluminum Castings Inc. has 15 working days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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(Note to editor: A fact sheet on the alleged violations and proposed penalties is available.)
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