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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release 304
Date: July 7, 2003
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Company Faces $156,500 Fine for Safety Shortcomings
MILWAUKEE -- Fatal injuries sustained by a foundry worker at Grede Foundries, Inc., Milwaukee Steel Foundry, Milwaukee, might have been avoided if safety procedures for abrasive grinding machinery had been followed, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. OSHA has proposed a $156,500 fine.
"Protecting the health and safety of workers in America is a chief goal of the U.S. Department of Labor," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "OSHA's standards prescribe excellent methods to keep workers safe from the hazards associated with grinding wheels, and we will make certain standards are followed."
OSHA's Milwaukee area office director, George Yoksas, said the agency opened an inspection of the foundry following the Jan. 7, 2003 accident that occurred when an abrasive wheel on a stand grinder exploded, propelling fragments that struck the grinder operator. The wheel guard was unable to contain the fragments from the 30 inch by 2 inch abrasive wheel.
As a result of that investigation, OSHA has proposed willful and serious citations alleging the lack of a preventative maintenance program, failure to ensure the grinder was running at an appropriate speed within the grinding wheel tolerance, and issues involving machine guarding and other adjustments to the machine.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to appeal before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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