US Dept of Labor

Occupational Safety & Health AdministrationWe Can Help

OSHA News Release - (Archived) Table of Contents
Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.
Trade News Release Banner Image


Region 5 News Release V-107
Date: Feb. 7, 2003
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976


OSHA Finds Major Problems in Accident Leading to
Critical Injury of Foundry Worker in Milwaukee
Company Faces $127,750 Fine for Safety Shortcomings

MILWAUKEE -- Serious injuries sustained by a foundry worker at Maynard Steel Casting Company, Milwaukee, could have been avoided by observing appropriate safety procedures involving the use of abrasive grinding machinery, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which has proposed a $127,750 fine.

"Protecting the health and safety of workers in America is one of the chief concerns of the U.S. Department of Labor," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "Our regulations prescribe excellent methods to keep workers safe from the hazards associated with grinding wheels and we will make certain these regulations are followed."

Milwaukee Area Office Director for OSHA George Yoksas said the agency opened an inspection of the firm following the Aug. 6, 2002 accident that occurred when an abrasive wheel on a swing grinder exploded, propelling fragments and the wheel guard itself some fifty feet and striking the grinder operator. The worker was hospitalized in critical condition following the incident and has not yet fully recovered.

As a result of that investigation, OSHA has proposed willful and serious citations alleging improper or lack of equipment safety testing and maintenance, and issues involving machine guarding.

The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to appeal before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


###


The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format upon request (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office. Please specify which news release when placing your request. Call (202) 693-7773 or TTY (202)693-7755.


Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.

OSHA News Release - (Archived) Table of Contents

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.

Close