Recent federal safety inspections of a northern Wisconsin foundry determined workplace safety failures caused two workers to suffer severe injuries. In May, a worker lost two fingers to amputation and in July, an overhead hot metal carrier struck and injured another worker.

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While the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating the May 4 incident at Waupaca Foundry Inc. in Marinette, the agency opened a second scheduled inspection under its National Emphasis Program for Primary Metals. Inspectors found violations related to exposures to respirable crystalline silica and noise. During the course of the second inspection, the employer reported the July 17 injury to inspectors, which led to a third inspection.

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Wisconsin Foundry Fined $200K After Injuries to 2 Workers
One employee lost two figures to amputation, and another was struck by a hot metal carrier.