Steel Maker Cited for Worker Death

Thursday, January 29, 2015 @ 04:01 PM gHale

Superior Steel Products is facing $38,780 in fines for failing to protect its employees after an investigation into the death of a welder at the Caldwell, ID-based company, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Ernesto Paramo, 30, died Aug. 4 after an unsecured basket fell off a forklift nine feet to the floor at the Caldwell steel manufacturer.

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The basket ended up raised improperly and Superior Steel Products didn’t protect employees from forklift accidents through training, modifications and operation, OSHA said.

In addition to the accident, other violations included confined space, flammable liquid and respiratory hazards.

“We send our condolences to the family and friends of Ernesto Paramo. They lost someone they loved because Superior Steel Products did not ensure basic safety procedures for dangerous heavy equipment,” said acting OSHA regional administrator in Seattle, Galen Blanton.

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