Wis. plant fined for cement mixer accident

Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 --- 6:30 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A U.S. workplace safety agency has fined a Milwaukee plant $4,900 after a worker was trapped in a cement mixing machine.

According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration records, SIC Lazaro received a serious violation citation. That's because the worker was exposed to the accidental restart of the machine.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1d2xjZd ) reports the 43-year-old worker was injured while cleaning the mixer in May.

Authorities describe the cement mixer as a portable machine with an elevated platform, about as high as the second floor of a building, and a 5-foot-deep mixing box.

The Spanish manufacturer purchased the plant for $1.7 million in 2012. SIC Lazaro manufactures counterweights for cranes, elevators and other industrial uses.

A telephone message left after-hours for a company executive was not immediately returned Thursday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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