Power Technologies LLC is facing $119,000 in penalties after a
worker was severely burned by an electrical-arc flash at the
companys Waukesha, Wis., iron foundry.
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.
maintenance supervisor was injured in June while servicing a
480-volt circuit breaker.
unacceptable that Pure Power Technologies failed to ensure
employees were following safe work practices," Chris Zortman,
OSHAs area director in Milwaukee, said. "Employers have a
responsibility to take all precautions to protect workers from
known hazards that exist in their facilities."
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.