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OSHA Fines McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing for January Explosion

July 17, 2017 05:53 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration has imposed a $7,000 fine on McNeilus Trucking in Dodge Center for a "serious" violation tied to the explosion in January.

Six people were injured in the explosion on January 11, two employees suffered burns on half their body.

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At the time, doors on the final painting building could be seen blasted out.

According to the inspection detail, the state cited Minnesota standard for a General Duty Clause, which states "Each employer shall furnish to each of its employees conditions of employment and a place of employment free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious injury or harm to its employees."

That standard is cited when there is an unsafe condition that does not fit into a specific OSHA standard, according to James Honerman, Communication Director for Minnesota Dept. of Labor and Industry.

Oshkosh Corporation, which owns McNeilus, can contest the citation.  If they chose to do so, Minnesota OSHA will hold a formal conference to try to negotiate a settlement.

Further details of the investigation and report are not public until the case is settled, according to Honerman.

According to OSHA, because the case is still open, violations and citations may change.

The State Fire Marshals also investigated.

BC 6 News reached out to Oshkosh for comment and received the following statement, "McNeilus is a People First Company and the safety of our team members is our top priority. We continue to collaborate with Minnesota OSHA as well as local and state agencies in the ongoing investigation. McNeilus did receive a General Duty Clause Citation and no specific OSHA safety standard violation was noted. McNeilus has a strong safety management program and processes in place and we will be meeting with OSHA in the coming weeks to review further."


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