Crystal Finishing Systems Cited Following Fatality Investigation

A worker died after being caught between a crane hook and load bars

After a chemical technician died at a Crystal Finishing Systems’ facility in Mosinee, Wisconsin, OSHA has cited the coatings company for three repeated, four serious and three other than serious safety citations according to a report.

The worker suffered fatal injuries when an automated crane pinned him between the crane hook and dip tank load bars as it moved product to different tanks. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene.

OSHA determined Crystal Finishing failed to adequately guard machines, protect walking surfaces, provide adequate PPE, and train workers about hazardous chemicals.

"A man died tragically, leaving his family, friends and co-workers to suffer an overwhelming loss," said Robert Bonack, OSHA's area director in Appleton. "Crystal Finishing must improve its safety and health programs and procedures to protect workers at all its Wisconsin facilities."

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