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2015
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Too Familiar: Faulty Equipment Kills Bar Worker, Bar Is Penalized… $7000

A dumbwaiter is a food elevator

A dumbwaiter is a food elevator


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OSHA has cited the WingDam Saloon and Grill in Fountain City, Wisconsin for a serious violation following the death of a worker who got her head caught in an unsafe dumbwaiter.  The penalty?  A paltry $7,000.

The incident occurred on December 1st, 2014. Brooke Baures, an employee at the bar who also attended nearby Winona State University where she was on the gymnastics team, suffered severe head trauma when she became trapped in the dumbwaiter.  OSHA’s investigation discovered the following regarding Jammin Turtles, LLC dba WingDam Saloon and Grill:

“Did not furnish employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that employees were exposed to caught-in hazards:

“On the first floor and the second floor, employees operated a dumbwaiter (food elevator) system that was not equipped with mechanical locks and electric contacts on the hoistway access door to prevent movement of the dumbwaiter car while employees reached into the car body envelope to load and unload materials.”

OSHA concluded that the dumbwaiter lacked the safeguards needed to prevent dangerous movement while employees reached into it.  On Saturday, December 6th, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services ordered the dumbwaiter to be permanently removed.  

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