OSHA Cites Coatings Company After Fatality

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Barboursville,WV (AP) -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has cited Sulzer Metco for 23 violations discovered while investigating a fatal accident at the Swiss coatings company's Barboursville operation.

Osha's Charleston office director Jeff Funke said Thursday that Sulzer must act immediately to avoid another fatality.

Fifty-six-year-old worker Dwight Morrison died Feb. 25 after he was pulled into a metal lathe that OSHA says didn't have a proper guard.

OSHA also found violations including blocked or locked exit routes and inadequate fire equipment.

The citations carry proposed penalties totaling $56,250.

Sulzer spokesman Freidrich Herold says Morrison's death was tragic, but had nothing to do with the violations.

Herold says most of them have been corrected.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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