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WI: $123,000 Fine for Electrical Hazards

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment

GRANTSBURG, WI:  Federal officials say a northwest Wisconsin factory committed nine safety violations. The Parker Hannifin plant in Grantsburg was cited by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration – and the agency is recommending $123,000 in fines.

OSHA said the plant committed two repeat violations for not protecting employees from electrical hazards and amputation. And among other things, the government said the plant has not made periodic reviews of its energy control procedures – and has not used machine guards at its mills. OSHA categorizes the violations as serious, saying the hazards pose a quote, “substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result.” OSHA has given similar citations to other Parker Hannifin plants in Ohio and Mississippi in past years.

The Grantsburg plant makes quick couplings for numerous functions. The firm has not commented on the new violations. It has 15 days to decide whether to pay the fine, challenge the citation, or seek a settlement conference with OSHA.

Story via wtaq.com

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OSHA Cites WI Utility After Worker Electrocuted

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

GRANTSBURG, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin utility faces nearly $200,000 in fines after a worker was electrocuted trying to restore power after a summer storm.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited North Central Power Co. Inc. of Grantsburg for safety violations.

OSHA says North Central Power failed to make sure employees were protected by wearing insulated gloves and sleeves, de-energizing power lines, and installing protective grounds on lines and equipment.

The company also was cited for allowing employees to operate chain saws without leg and foot protection.

Lineman Glenn Charles Parker of Radisson came in contact with a live wire and was electrocuted Aug. 8 near Winter.

The company has 15 business days to contest the findings. North Central Power vice president Dave Dahlberg says the company had no comment.

Story via Bloomberg.com

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