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Locks Bypassed at WI Plant Result in Operator’s Death

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Cedarburg, WI – OSHA plans to fine a Cedarburg (WI) manufacturing company nearly $125,000 following an inspection prompted by the death of a lathe operator and their finding that locks had been bypassed.

In March of this year, a 36-year-old employee of Carlson Tool & Manufacturing Corp. died after being caught in his lathe’s operating spindle as he polished a metal cylinder.

OSHA found that Carlson allowed the lathe and other machines to be olocks bypassedperated with their “safety interlocks” bypassed, thereby exposing workers to entanglement hazards. Safety interlocks were bypassed on nine different machines, according to OSHA. Because of this disregard for safety, OSHA has classified the violations as “willful.”

Additionally, Carlson was cited for not following proper procedures to power down equipment to prevent sudden starts. These types of procedures are known as lockout/tagout.

Carlson Tool & Manufacturing Corp. does drilling and machining at the Cedarburg (WI) plant, as well as building tooling.

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