Family,friends speak out following death of worker at Superior business

By KBJR News 1

November 15, 2013 Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- White Cedar Shingles in Superior was slapped earlier this week with numerous OSHA violations after an employee was killed on the job in May.

Now family and friends are speaking out over their frustration with the company and how management has handled their son's death.

"He was only thirty years old. His life was taken way before it should have been," said Virginia Clink.

Virginia Clink's son David Clink was killed in an industrial accident at White Cedar Shingles in Superior six months ago. Clink's arm or clothing caught in a conveyor belt, pinning him against the machine, resulting in his death from asphyxiation.

"No words that can describe how it feels to lose a son. Nobody should have to lose a child," said Clink.

Following David's death, OSHA was called to investigate. Just this week, they cited the company for nine safety violations. Due to the nature and severity of the violations, the company has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance. OSHA inspected the company in 2010, 2011 and 2012..resulting in ten violations. Virginia Clink says that's not enough!

"The company should be shut down because they have not been following OSHA's requirements and it already caused one death..and how many more deaths is it gonna cause before someone actually shuts them down," said Clink.

Virginia says she expects to receive around seven thousand dollars in worker's compensation for her son's death, but she's angry and disappointed that the company hasn't reached out to her since the accident.

"They are definitely not taking responsibility for it. They are running from it and trying to hide from it," said Clink.

Donna Quinn worked with David at White Cedar Shingles. Quinn and her son found David dead the night of May 21. They say David was a prankster and at first they thought it was a joke.

"We were trying to pull on him and kick him and no response..so then we knew he was dead," said Donna Quinn, Clink's co-worker.

Quinn has suffered severe anxiety and depression since finding David and has been unable to return to work.

"I see it through my head every day. I'm reliving it all the time," said Quinn.

Like Clink's family, she would like to see the company shut down as well, saying that the owner is more worried about production than safety.

"I consider it murder, and I think he should pay because he knew all of the stuff that was wrong and he didn't do anything about it.," said Quinn.

The company is facing $156,000 in fines and has 15 days to comply or ask for a meeting with OSHA officials.

We did reach out to White Cedar Shingles but as of news time, there was no response.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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