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The Dodge Center company where last week’s explosion injured six people has been issued 17 citations and paid out more than $30,000 in penalties for safety violations over the past decade.
Minnesota Occupational Health and Safety Administration has visited McNelius Trucking and Manufacturing five times since 2008, safety records show. On two of the visits, OSHA issued four serious citations. One of the visits came about as a result of a complaint made to OSHA about unsafe working conditions.
The most severe penalty came in 2014 when McNelius was ordered to pay $12,000 for two repeat citations. That investigation came about after OSHA received a complaint. In all, the company has paid $31,185 in penalties.
James Honerman, a spokesperson for OSHA, said complaints could be generated from a host of people, including workers, family members, medical providers, firefighters and EMTs. Most often, though, complaints come from the employees, he said.
One of OSHA’s inspections came after a serious injury took place at the plant in September 2015. A 26-year-old worker was seriously injured when he became trapped