Federal labor regulators and Superior police investigating death of worker at Superior shipyard


Federal labor regulators and Superior police are investigating the loss of life of a employee who fell off a ship Monday at Fraser Shipyards in Superior.

The Superior Police Division stated police, fireplace and emergency providers responded to a name round midday yesterday for a person who fell about 50 toes from a ship in dry dock on the shipyard.

Police stated the deceased is a 64-year-old man from Watertown, Wisconsin. His identify is being withheld pending notification of the employee’s household. Authorities say they don’t suspect foul play at the moment. 

“We lengthen our heartfelt condolences to the employee’s household and associates for his or her loss,” police stated in a information launch.

A spokesperson with the U.S. Occupational Well being and Security Administration confirmed Tuesday the federal employees’ security company can be investigating the incident. The company stated the person was employed with Gillett-based sandblasting firm C&L Contracting.  

“Preliminary data is that an worker was standing on a railing with the intention to pull a tarp, and he slipped and fell, touchdown within the dry dock space,” an OSHA spokesperson stated in an electronic mail.

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Officers with Fraser Shipyards weren’t instantly obtainable for touch upon Tuesday.

The person’s loss of life is the second on the shipyard in 5 years. Welder Joe Burch died in 2017 after being severely burned on the job. Federal labor regulators fined Fraser round $12,000 after discovering the person wasn’t sporting protecting gear.

The following 12 months, greater than 60 employees reached a $7.5 million settlement with the shipyard for publicity to unsafe lead ranges whereas engaged on a Nice Lakes ship in 2016. A report by Wisconsin and Minnesota well being officers launched in 2017 confirmed 171 out of 233 employees examined had blood lead poisoning.

A federal employee’s security company fined Fraser $1.4 million for security violations in 2016. The shipyard later reached a $700,000 settlement with out admitting fault or legal responsibility after the company cited them for 14 violations associated to steer publicity.

Fraser Shipyards has been working in Superior for greater than 130 years.