- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

HILL, Kan. (AP) - A federal safety agency has cited the employer of a southeast Kansas man killed in a workplace accident with multiple violations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking $59,000 in fines from Viking Blast & Wash Systems. The industrial cleaning equipment manufacturer is located in Rose Hill. The company didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

OSHA said in a news release that safety guards may have prevented a metal bar from striking and killing a lathe operator in January. Rose Hill police previously identified the man as say 24-year-old Robert Haigler of Udall.

OSHA regional director Judy Freeman says the man’s life “might have been saved if the lathe had been equipped with required safety mechanisms.”

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