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OSHA cites South Milwaukee plant for chemical spill that injured 7 workers

SOUTH MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Federal officials have recommended $166,000 in penalties for a suburban Milwaukee plant where a chemical spill injured seven workers.  

Cooper Power Systems of South Milwaukee was given six citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. About 15 gallons of acid spilled from a pressurized hose last October.  

OSHA said Cooper Power showed a "complete disregard" for the workers' health and safety, by making them clean up a dangerous chemical without required protective gear or training.  

Cooper Power makes medium and high voltage electrical equipment and supplies. It's a subsidiary of the Eaton Corporation.  

Cooper has 15 days to either pay the fines, challenge the citations, or meet with the government on a possible lower penalty. The firm has not commented.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)