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Employers in Plainfield, Monee and University Park cited after summer workplace deaths

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited two Will County employers after workplace fatalities occurred over the summer.

Coilplus Inc. in Plainfield was the location of the death of Carlos Rivera, 50, in June, while Advanced Mobility in Monee was where Leo Micheletto, 58, was fatally injured in July.

Rivera, of Joliet, was pulled into a machine at the steel processing plant. Micheletto, of Frankfort, was crushed by a trailer.

After Rivera’s death on June 23 and a subsequent inspection, OSHA issued six safety and health violations to Coilplus, according to an OSHA news release dated Thursday.

The federal agency stated that Coilplus failed to post danger signs, install adequate guardrails around a scrap pit, install machine guarding to prevent entry to hazardous areas, install handrails on stairways, conduct periodic inspections and affix lockout devices to isolate energy.

Rivera died after the pneumatic line of a platform he was standing on was disconnected by a piece of scrap metal, causing the platform to change position and Rivera to fall into a scrap pit and be pulled into the machine, the news release stated.

OSHA has proposed penalties of $53,628 for Coilplus, which is headquartered in Rosemont.

In a separate news release also dated Thursday, OSHA stated Advanced Mobility’s Monee location received one safety violation after the agency’s inspection following Micheletto’s death on July 5.

Failure to use stationary jacks or hydraulic leg stands with safety pins allowed the trailer to fall on Micheletto on his first day working for the specialty vehicle and trailer manufacturer, the news release stated.

The Monee investigation prompted another inspection in response to a complaint of unsafe conditions at Advanced Mobility’s University Park facility.

That investigation led to the issuance of six safety violations, including allowing workers to be exposed to lead, failing to implement controls to prevent lead exposure, not training workers about various hazards and lacking a program to isolate energy, according to the news release.

OSHA has proposed $58,792 in penalties for the Monee-based company.

Both Coilplus and Advanced Mobility have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before an independent commission.

Representatives of Coilplus and Advanced Mobility did not immediately respond to messages left Saturday seeking comment.

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