In this May
19, 2014, file photo, Saukville Fire Department vehicles are
parked outside Johnson Brass and Machine Foundry on Mill Street
in Saukville. The company was issued two citations following a
fire at their facility, which they are still in the process of
Daily News file photo
ago, eight workers at Johnson Brass and Machine Foundry Inc. in
Saukville were injured after a machine failed and spewed molten
metal on them.
The company continues to deal with the aftermath as the U.S.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company.
The Daily News reported the accident was caused by a
malfunctioning centrifugal tumbler in the 50,000-square-foot
foundry and machining shop at 270 N. Mill St.
Fire Chief Gilly Schultz said the fire was contained to a corner
of the building and was quickly put out. The explosion moved a
wall in the building and tossed the injured people around. He
said the accident occurred after brass was poured into the
The Milwaukee Office of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health
Administration investigated the accident.
Ann Grevenkamp, assistant area director for the Milwaukee Office
of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said
the company received two citations.
“They (Johnson Brass and Machine Foundry Inc.) came in for a
conference and contested it,” Grevenkamp said. “At this point
it’s still in a formal process. It could go to an administrative
The citations include a general duty clause citation and a
machine guarding citation.
“If we see a violation, we have to conclude the machine should
have been guarded,” Grevenkamp said. She said a general duty
clause states each employer will furnish a place where employees
are free from hazards that causes serious injury or death.
Spokesman Tom Kempke couldn’t be reached for comment, but in
June spokesman Phil Trewyn told the Daily News that Johnson
Brass and Machine Foundry Inc. will comply with recommendations
that come out of the ongoing investigation.
Grevenkamp said when citations are issued, employers can come
into their office for a conference and can contest them. In this
case, she said an administrative law judge would make a ruling,
if it got to that point.
She said once a citation comes with corrective action dates. If
the problem isn’t corrected, the company is given a date to
“Once a citation is contested, it’s put on hold,” Grevenkamp
said. “It’s not to say those items may not have been corrected.”
The Daily News reported state fire investigators completed their
investigation and described it as a freak accident.
Anne Schwartz, director of communications and public affairs for
the Department of Justice, said she didn’t have anything to add
about the investigation when asked Friday.