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Fatal Workplace Accident Leads To Fines For Superior Employer


Superior, WI (KDAL) - A Superior milling company faces more than $156,000 in fines and increased scrutiny after one of its workers was killed on the job earlier this year.  Inspectors with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration say they’ve cited White Cedar Shingles Incorporated for nine safety violations.  They’ve also placed the company in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections.  David Clink was asphyxiated May 21st after he got caught in a conveyor belt system, pinning him against the machine.  OSHA Area Director Mark Hysell says “This was a terrible, preventable tragedy…” that underscores the importance of following standards.  This isn’t the first time White Cedar Shingles has been cited by OSHA.  The workplace safety watchdog says inspections in 2010, 2011 and 2012 turned up 10 violations.