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OSHA cites La Crosse foundry in wake of worker death

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LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A federal agency is recommending $47,000 in fines against a foundry in La Crosse where a worker was killed last July.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Torrance Casting for 10 safety violations.

40-year-old Eric Lecher died last July 29th when he was repairing a liner on the inside of a cold furnace, and he fell into the unit head first. Police said Lecher might have been trapped for an hour-and-a-half before a co-worker found him. The furnace was off at the time.  

Thursday, OSHA announced nine serious rule violations. Four were for letting an employee enter a confined space not designed to be occupied continuously.

Torrance Casting said none of the concerns listed by the government would have prevented the accident. The firm has 15 days to pay the fine, challenge the citations, or seek a settlement.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)