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OSHA fines concrete company after worker’s foot severed

A Marathon concrete company has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a truck driver had his foot severed and femur crushed.

County Materials Corp., which employs about 1,250 employees throughout Wisconsin, is facing up to $56,700 in fines.

The incident occurred Sept. 19 at a job site in Elderon. According to an OSHA news release, a cable on a trolley boom crane broke, which pinned the driver against a concrete riser.

OSHA issued 18 safety violations in the wake of the incident, including failing to establish safe work practices when placing precast concrete material, inspect trolley boom cranes and wire ropes and ensure employees are trained in the safe operation of trolley boom cranes to prevent inadvertent disconnection of the load.

According to the release, OSHA has issued multiple citations to the company in the wake of eight inspections it has performed since 2001.

County Materials has not yet responded to OSHA’s proposal. It has 15 business days to do comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director in Appleton, or contest the findings.

A representative from the company did not immediately return a message left Thursday morning.

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Eric Heisig is the Milwaukee courts and legal reporter for The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at [email protected] or 414-225-1826.

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