OSHA seeks fines on Sonag Ready Mix

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking fines of $84,000 against each of two Milwaukee companies following the death of a worker who was crushed in an industrial accident.

OSHA said Monday it will seek the fines against Nuvo Construction Co Inc and Sonag Ready Mix LLC. The actions stem from the May 22 death of Nuvo employee Stephen J Rauth, 38, who had been making repairs in a concrete mixing tower on Milwaukee’s south side, according to a medical examiner’s report.

OSHA said Nuvo failed to turn off machinery during the repairs. The next day, OSHA said, a Sonag worker was allowed to complete the repairs while the machinery again was running.

OSHA classified both violations as willful. Both companies can appeal the proposed penalties. Initial fines proposed by OSHA staff often wind up being reduced on appeal.

In a statement Monday, Nuvo said, “Losing Steve was a terrible tragedy that we are still trying to recover from. He has been incredibly missed since the accident and our thoughts and prayers are with his family. With respect to the OSHA findings, we will be moving forward with the appeal process.”

Representatives of Sonag were not immediately available for comment.

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