Cedar Shingle Maker Cited for Fatal Machine Accident

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 11/13/2013 9:13AM


SUPERIOR, WI – White Cedar Shingles Inc. has been cited for nine safety violations following an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) into the May 21 death of a machine maintenance employee. The violations carry proposed penalties totaling $156,240.

OSHA also placed the company that make white cedar shingles, lumber and decking on its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

According to the Northlands Newscenter, David Clink, 30, apparently got his arm or clothing caught in a conveyor.  He was by a co-worker found "pinned"against a machine and died of asphyxiation.

OSHA said Clink was servicing machinery that had not been locked to prevent unexpected start up.

Mark Hysell, OSHA's area director in Eau Claire, WI, noted that White Cedar Shingles had been cited for failing to affix machine lockout devices in 2012. "(T)hat underscores its failure to act. Employers must identify and correct hazards and ensure workers follow proper procedures to prevent injury or death," Hysell said.

White Cedar Shingles, which employs 10 people, was cited for two willful violations for failing to train workers authorized to perform servicing on equipment in hazardous energy control procedures and to control electrical energy sources by installing lockout/tagout devices during maintenance and cleaning of machinery.

The company was also cited for five serious violations including failing to: have guarding on power transmission flywheels and the power transmission belt on the edger; address a waste conveyor belt with visible damage on the belt edge; train and evaluate forklift operators; address a damaged electrical control button on the mill; identify disconnecting means for a mill and saw equipment; close unused openings on boxes, cabinets and fittings effectively; and install face plates and covers on electrical boxes.

Two other-than-serious violations identified by OSHA involve failing to install a mid-rail on a stairway and on a platform in the material area.

As a result of being placed on OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, White Cedar Shingles will be subjected to mandated targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.

View White Cedar Shingles' current citations: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/White_Ceader_Shingles_Inc_907778_11-06-13.pdf.


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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at rchristianson@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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