Worker Fatality Brings Safety Fines

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 @ 12:12 PM gHale

After a 51-year-old chemical technician at a coatings company’s facility in Mosinee, WI, died at work, the company he worked for is facing $171,169 in fines for 10 different safety violations, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators issued three repeated, four serious and three other than serious safety citations to the Schofield, WI-based Crystal Finishing Systems’ following the agency’s investigation into the June 14 death.

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Investigators determined the worker suffered fatal injuries when an automated crane pinned him between the crane hook and dip tank load bars as it moved product to different tanks on an anodizing line. The employee died at the scene.

The agency’s investigation found Crystal Finishing failed to:
• Adequately guard machines to prevent workers from coming in contact with operating parts
• Protect workers walking working surfaces
• Provided adequate personal protective equipment
• Train workers about hazardous chemicals in use at the facility

“A man died tragically, leaving his family, friends and co-workers to suffer an overwhelming loss,” said Robert Bonack, OSHA’s area director in Appleton. “Crystal Finishing must improve its safety and health programs and procedures to protect workers at all its Wisconsin facilities.”

Based in Schofield, Crystal Finishing specializes in aluminum extrusion and applies powder coatings to a variety of underlying materials. It also operates a facility in River Falls, in addition to the Mosinee plant.



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