OSHA: Oak Creek industrial laundry facility cited in worker’s death

OAK CREEK -- The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Milwaukee area office cited on Crothall Laundry Services on February 9th for six serious safety violations.

OSHA opened an investigation after a 34-year-old man servicing equipment at the industrial laundry facility was severely injured in August 2015. Officials say a conveyor system propelled the employee into an industrial dryer and he became trapped. The man died of his injuries two weeks later.

Inspectors determined the dryer’s conveyor should have been made inoperable.

Inspectors also found:

    Christine Zortman, OSHA’s area director in Milwaukee, said the following in a statement:

    "This man’s untimely death would easily have been prevented if Crothall Laundry had utilized procedures to prevent the conveyor belt from operating while the worker was conducting servicing."

    Crothall Laundry Services faces more than $41,000 in fines.