The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $56,000 in fines against industrial gear manufacturer Rexnord Industries and $16,800 against J.M. Brennan Inc., both based in Milwaukee, for alleged serious violations of federal workplace safety standards following a gas explosion last year that claimed three lives.
A large explosion and fire occurred December 6, 2006, at the Rexnord plant at
OSHA also issued three serious violations to J.M. Brennan Inc. for its improper installation of underground liquid propane piping at the facility, as well as training and emergency response deficiencies.
"It is impossible to overstate the necessity for caution and adherence to safety regulations in dealing with volatile gas," said OSHA area director George Yoksas in
The companies have 15 working days to respond to the alleged violations and penalties.