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Lumber manufacturer cited in worker’s death

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a lumber and shingle manufacturer for safety violations that resulted in the death of a worker at its plant in Superior.

OSHA cited White Cedar Shingles & Lumber for nine safety violations and said the fatal accident in May was a “preventable tragedy.” 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.

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OSHA area director Mark Hysell, in Eau Claire, said the company was cited for the same thing in 2012. OSHA has proposed fines totaling about $156,000. White Cedar did not respond to an email and phone call seeking comment.

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