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Pure Power Technologies cited by OSHA

Keywords: Tags  Pure Power Technologies, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, iron foundry, Chris Zortman, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Pure Power Technologies LLC is facing $119,000 in penalties after a worker was severely burned by an electrical-arc flash at the company’s Waukesha, Wis., iron foundry.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Pure Power Technologies for eight alleged safety violations, including failing to implement electrical safety-related work practices and use protective shields, barriers and insulating materials that would protect employees performing energized tasks.

The company’s maintenance supervisor was injured in June while servicing a 480-volt circuit breaker.

"It’s unacceptable that Pure Power Technologies failed to ensure employees were following safe work practices," Chris Zortman, OSHA’s area director in Milwaukee, said. "Employers have a responsibility to take all precautions to protect workers from known hazards that exist in their facilities."

The Columbia, S.C.-based company could not be reached for comment because operations are temporarily shut down until Jan. 6.

The company has 15 business days to remediate the alleged safety issues, contest the citations or request a hearing.

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