(1/31/14) A federal agency is recommending 47-thousand-dollars in fines against a foundry in La Crosse where a worker was killed last July.
The Occupational Safety-and-Health Administration has cited Torrance Casting for 10 safety violations. 40-year-old Eric Lecher died last July 29th when he was repairing a liner on the inside of a cold furnace, and he fell into the unit head-first. Police said Lecher might have been trapped for an hour-and-a-half before a co-worker found him. The furnace was off at the time. Yesterday, OSHA (oh-shuh) announced nine serious rule violations. Four were for letting an employee enter a confined space not designed to be occupied continuously. Torrance Casting said none of the concerns listed by the government would have prevented the accident. The firm has 15 days to pay the fine, challenge the citations, or seek a settlement.