An investigation into the death of an employee related to working at Carlson Tool & Manufacturing Corp., based in Cedarburg, revealed that the employer had allowed a lathe machine numerical controller to operate before activating safety interlocks—a feature to prevent injury while the machine is in motion.
The victim was a two-year lathe operator who became trapped in the machine’s operating spindle as he was polishing a metal cylinder. The 36-year-old suffered severe injuries and succumbed a couple days later. Following the incident, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the business for the willful violation of safety that resulted in a worker’s death.
OSHA’s citation was accompanied by a $124,709 fine, for which the company has 15 days to comply with.
If you or someone you know has faced an injury during work that was preventable or the result of a violation of safety standards, you might have legal recourse. Contact one of the attorneys with Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 as soon as possible.