Company fined for worker death

Worked found unresponsive, later died
Company fined for worker death

A company in Elkhart Lake will be fined by OSHA for violations that led to the death of a worker, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The release states that a 55-year-old worker was found unresponsive in a bathroom at Bremer Manufacturing on May 6 and later died.

OSHA said the company failed to train the 38-year employee on the hazards of working with chemicals in the workplace. He was working with resin containing isocyanates on a sand molding line.

OSHA cited Bremer Manufacturing for one willful, one repeat and one serious health violation and proposed fines totaling $81,900.

The willful violation is for failing to train workers on chemical hazards, according to OSHA. The repeat violation is for a repeat violation related to chemical training. The serious violation is for not having a written respiratory protection program.

Department of Labor spokeswoman Rhonda Burke said Thursday chemical exposure at the plant was within acceptable levels. OSHA’s area director, Robert Bonack, says that even when the exposure limits are below permissible levels, employees can experience health consequences. OSHA says Bremer also failed to establish a written respiratory protection program.

The company employs about 100 workers.

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