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OSHA finds nine violations at Superior company after worker's death

SUPERIOR, Wis. -- A shingles manufacturer in Superior has been cited for nine safety violations after an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation into the death of a worker in May.

David M. Clink, 30, of Superior, was killed May 21 after his arm or clothing was caught in a conveyor belt system at White Cedar Shingles and Lumber Co. It appeared Clink was pinned against the machinery and was asphyxiated.

OSHA reported in a statement released Tuesday that the machine Clink was working on had not been “locked out to prevent unexpected startup.” It expects to levy a $156,240 fine.

Two “willful” violations deal with failing to train workers to provide servicing on equipment, including safety stops. OSHA describes a willful violation as “one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for, or plain indifference to, employee safety and health.”

Five “serious” violations involved failing to have equipment shields and repairs made. OSHA describes its “serious” category as “substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.”

Two other minor violations were also mentioned.