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Safety agency proposes fines over man’s workplace death

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa safety agency has proposed fining a Dubuque manufacturer nearly $26,000 over the workplace death of a Wisconsin man.

The Telegraph Herald reports that the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a citation to A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing Co. Each of the hazards cited carry fines of nearly $13,000.

Authorities say 46-year-old Dennis Hall died Dec. 6 after becoming trapped in equipment at the plant. OSHA investigators say Hall “fell through the unguarded floor hole to a moving conveyor and was transported into other mechanical hazards resulting in fatal injuries.” He had worked for McDonald for five years and lived in Potosi, Wisconsin.

Company President and CEO Rob McDonald hasn’t responded to requests for comment. The company makes water works brass, plumbing valves, pumps and water systems, and high-pressure gas valves and meter bars.

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