OSHA Fines Milwaukee Facility for Lockout Safety Violations
The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)cited a facility in Milwaukee for numerous safety violations, according to BizTimes.com in Milwaukee. OSHA officials inspected the Miller Compressing Co. facility and cited two willful safety violations for allowing workers to service an industrial shredder without proper energy lockout equipment and procedures. Proposed fines total $70,000.
“Miller Compressing Co. has a responsibility to ensure that workers are properly protected from known workplace hazards—such as machinery becoming unintentionally energized during maintenance—that can result in amputations and other serious injuries,” said area OSHA director George Yoksas. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so.”
A willful violation relating to lockout procedures is one of the most serious OSHA violations, seeing as how it can result in such serious injury or even death. Miller Compressing Co. must ensure this does not happen again; the consequences could be severe. Please visit our website for more information on workers comp, and contact our firm for a free consultation if you need to file.
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