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OSHA fines Superior shingle maker $156,000 after worker death


SUPERIOR, WI (WTAQ) - Federal workplace safety officials have recommended a $156,000  fine for a company in Superior where an employee was killed in May. 

The White Cedar Shingles-and-Lumber Company has been cited for nine safety violations by the U.S. Occupational Safety-and-Health Administration. That's after 30-year-old David Clink of Superior died May 21st. 

Officials said his clothes, or one of his arms, got caught in a conveyor belt -- and he might have been asphyxiated after he was pinned against the machinery.  He was working alone at the time. 

OSHA said Clink's machine was not quote, "locked out to prevent an unexpected startup." 

Officials said White Cedar was cited for the same problem last year. 

The company makes cedar shingles and boards with about 10 employees.  The firm has 15 days to either pay the fine, challenge the citations, or seek a settlement conference with the agency.