White Cedar Shingles faces 9 violations from OSHA after worker fatally injured

By KBJR News 1

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- White Cedar Shingles Inc. in Superior has been cited for nine safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker was fatally injured May 21.

According to a press release by OSHA, a man died from his injuries obtained while servicing a machine that had not been locked out to prevent unexpected start-up.

OSHA, has placed has placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program and mandated targeted follow-up inspections to ensure the company's compliance.

White Cedar Shingles was cited for two willful violations for not training workers authorized to perform servicing on equipment in hazardous energy control procedures and for failure to control electrical energy sources by installing lockout/tagout devices during maintenance and cleaning of machinery.

A willful violation is intentionally or knowingly disregarding employee safety and health.

Th OSHA cited, the company for five serious violations which involve failing to have guarding on power transmission flywheels and the power transmission belt on the edger; failure to address a waste conveyer belt with visible damage on the belt edge; failure to train and evaluate forklift operators; failure to address a damaged electrical control button on the mill; failure to identify disconnecting means for a mill and saw equipment; failure to close unused openings on boxes, cabinets and fittings effectively; and failure to install faceplates and covers on electrical boxes.

A serious violation occurs when death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Proposed fines total $156,240.

White Cedar Shingles Inc. employs about 10 workers and is a milling company that manufactures cedar shingles and boards.

According to OSHA, inspections of the facility in 2010, 2011 and 2012 have led to 10 violations, which include citations from 2012 for the lack of a lockout/tagout program and workers' training on the control of hazardous energy.

White Cedar Shingles has 15 days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply or ask for an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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