Metal Salvage Recycler's Safety Failures Cited in Death of Maintenance Manager
Waukesha, WI (WorkersCompensation.com) - A 52-year-old maintenance manager died of head and neck injuries after being struck by a forklift at metal recycling facility in Waukesha. Working without head protection, the man was hoisting an oxygen cylinder onto the forklift when the accident occurred.
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration found his employer, Waukesha Iron & Metal, did not safely handle compressed gas cylinders or require workers to wear protective head equipment. OSHA also found some forklifts were unsafe and the company did not train employees on operating them safely.
OSHA cited the company on Aug. 31, for nine serious and two other-than-serious safety violations. Proposed penalties total $42,000.
"Proper safety training in using forklifts and handling cylinders and protective head safety gear could have prevented this tragedy," said Christine Zortman, OSHA's area director in Milwaukee. "Common-sense safety precautions should always be priority one on any work site."
Waukesha Metal & Iron has been operating since 1956, processing large scrap metal parts including those from salvaged vehicles. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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