OSHA cites painting company after worker falls into Baraboo water tower

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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing fines of more than $178,000 to a Michigan company after one of their workers fell inside a Baraboo water tower while he was painting it last June.

The man was a contracted worker performing maintenance work on the water tower for. LC United Painting, of Sterling Heights, Michigan.

The company was the primary contractor on the maintenance project, which involved cleaning, repair and painting the tower.

The man fell from one platform to another inside the tower, which could have been up to a 70-foot fall.

OSHA inspectors cited the company for 40 serious safety and health violations Nov. 30 and found the company did not provide adequate fall protection for the worker.

“This worker suffered severe and preventable injuries because LC United Painting failed to ensure the use of adequate fall protection,” said Ann Grevenkamp, OSHA’s area director in Madison, in a release. “Employers must evaluate their job site to ensure workers are protected. No one should be injured on the job.”

The company has 15 business days to respond to the citations or contest the findings before the independent review commission.