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Region 5 News Release: 14-197-CHI
Feb. 25, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA fines E.R. Wagner Manufacturing
$106,000 for serious safety violations at Milwaukee metal stamping plant

MILWAUKEE – E.R. Wagner Manufacturing Co. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 14 safety violations, carrying proposed penalties of $106,000. OSHA initiated an inspection of the Milwaukee plant in August 2013 under the Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses on facilities with a higher than average illness and injury rate.

"We found multiple machines in use at E. R. Wagner Manufacturing Co. that lacked machine guarding, which protects workers from amputation and other severe injuries," said Christine Zortman, OSHA's area director in Milwaukee. "Workers have a right to a safe workplace when carrying out their daily duties. No company should ignore safety precautions in favor of productivity."

One willful violation was cited for lack of machine guarding on a metalworking machine, which exposed workers to amputation hazards. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Seven serious safety citations were issued to the company. Four of those violations also involve lack of machine guarding. The remaining three violations include inadequate lockout/tagout procedures, training and failing to certify periodic inspections of energy control procedures. A serious violation occurs when there is subs