WAUKESHA - Waukesha Iron & Metal was cited for 11
alleged violations by U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday
after an employee died while working at the business in
alleges Waukesha Iron & Metal, 1351 E. Main St., did not
safely handle compressed gas cylinders or require
workers to wear protective head equipment, in addition
to some forklifts being unsafe. OSHA also reported the
company did not train employees on operating the
representative of Waukesha Iron & Metal said the company
did not have any comment Tuesday.
cited the company Aug. 31 for nine serious and two
other-than-serious safety violations. Proposed penalties
J. LaChance of Mukwonago, 52, was killed while working
at Waukesha Iron & Metal on March 4 after a large liquid
oxygen tank struck him in the head. LaChance had worked
at the company for a few years after spending most of
his career as a heavy hauler for Spancrete. He headed
Waukesha Iron & Metal’s entire mechanics department.
its release Tuesday, OSHA said LaChance was working
without head protection and was hoisting an oxygen
cylinder onto the forklift when he was struck.
“Proper safety training in using forklifts and handling
cylinders and protective head safety gear could have
prevented this tragedy,” said Christine Zortman, OSHA’s
area director in Milwaukee, in a statement.
“Common-sense safety precautions should always be
priority one on any work site.”
Waukesha Iron & Metal has 15 days from the date of
receiving the letter from OSHA to determine if it will
contest the citations.
Waukesha Metal & Iron has been operating since 1956,
processing large scrap metal parts, including those from