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Region 5 News Release: 12-1434-CHI
July 30, 2012
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:         312-353-6976
Email: burke.rhonda@dol.gov    allen.scott@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Dukane Precast for failing to call
emergency services after worker seriously injured when engulfed in sand
Proposed fines total $70,000 for Naperville, Ill., company

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Dukane Precast Inc. in Naperville with four safety violations, including one willful violation for failing to immediately call emergency services when a worker became engulfed in a sand bin and suffered serious crushing injuries. Plant employees allegedly attempted to rescue the worker for more than an hour before the company summoned emergency assistance. Proposed fines total $70,000.

"Dukane Precast failed to enforce rules in place to protect workers. Employers have a responsibility to immediately seek emergency assistance when a worker is injured on the job and to prevent others from putting themselves at risk in a rescue operation," said Kathy Webb, area director for OSHA in North Aurora.

The willful violation is for failing to immediately call rescue services when the worker became engulfed in sand after he had walked into the bin and onto the sand to level it. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Three serious safety violations have been cited for failing to maintain a railing to protect workers from dangerous equipment, prevent unauthorized workers from entering a permit-required confined space and prepare entry permits prior to entering a confined space. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Dukane Precast Inc. is a concrete manufacturer that employs 90 workers. The company has been inspected by OSHA 14 times since 1981, and has been issued a total of 25 violations.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's North Aurora Area Office at 630-896-8700.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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