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Worker loses foot; OSHA cites Marathon company

ELDERON (WAOW) – The U.S. Occupational and Safety and Health Administration said Thursday that a central Wisconsin company that makes precast concrete products was cited for 18 “serious” safety violations after a worker lost a foot.

The citations against County Materials Corp. came after a truck driver had his foot severed and a leg crushed at an Elderon job site last September, the agency said.

An OSHA investigation determined the man was hurt when a cable on a trolley boom crane broke, pinning him against a concrete riser.

OSHA said the violations cited mostly involved failing to establish safe work practices when placing precast concrete and workplace standards on cranes and derricks in construction. 

OSHA said it has proposed fines of $56,700 for the violations.

County Materials, which has its corporate headquarters in Marathon, has 15 days from receipt of the citations to comply with them, request a conference with OSHA's area director or contest them, OSHA said in a statement issued from its Chicago office.

A spokesman for County Materials in Marathon did not immediately return a telephone message Thursday.

County Materials employs about 1,250 works at multiple Wisconsin locations, OSHA said.

OSHA said it has inspected County Materials eight times since 2001 and “issued multiple citations.”

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