Compressing Co. is facing $70,000 in fines for allegedly
failing to take measures that would have prevented electricity
from reaching its shredder during maintenance.
The Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the Milwaukee-based
metals recycler for two willful safety violations after it
allegedly allowed employees to perform maintenance on a
7,000-horsepower shredder without locking out the power
The OSHA inspection was
initiated after the agency received a complaint.
"Miller Compressing Co. has a
responsibility to ensure that workers are properly protected
from known workplace hazardssuch as machinery becoming
unintentionally energized during maintenancethat can
result in amputations and other serious injuries," OSHA area
director George Yoksas said.
The company has 15 business days
to comply, contest the findings or request an informal
conference with the area director.
The company couldnt be
reached for comment.
A March 2011 inspection of the
recycler resulted in a citation.