Superior Manufacturer Cited in Worker's Death

Posted at: 11/13/2013 11:26 AM | Updated at: 11/13/2013 8:48 PM

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited White Cedar Shingles for safety violations that resulted in the death of a worker last Spring.

OSHA cited White Cedar Shingles & Lumber for nine safety violations and said the fatal accident in May was a "preventable tragedy." OSHA has proposed fines totaling $156,240.

OSHA said White Cedar failed to train workers who cleaned and maintained machinery to affix lockout devices that would prevent the equipment from starting unexpectedly.

"The fact is, these types of violations are considered serious and willful for a reason. It simply put a worker's life in jeopardy and in this case, unfortunately, this could have been prevented if the company was doing the right safety training," said Scott Allen, an OSHA spokesperson.

David Clink, 30, of Superior died last May while working alone at the manufacturer. According to Superior Police, when they arrived on scene they learned Clink had his arm or clothing caught in a conveyor belt system and was unresponsive. It appeared Clink was pinned against machinery, which resulted in suffocation.

OSHA was on scene investigating the incident the next morning.

Five of the nine violations are considered "serious," two others are "willful." According to OSHA, a "willful" violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for, or plain indifference to, employee safety and health.

Allen says the company was cited for the same thing in 2012. OSHA inspected White Cedar Shingles in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Those inspections lead to 10 violations.

White Cedar Shingles was reached by email and phone for comment, they did not respond.

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