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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he debates Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York October 16, 2012.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Earlier in the week, eight workers were sprayed with molten metal in an industrial accident in Wisconsin:
The machine failure occurred around 4 p.m. Monday, causing molten brass to spray inside a room of the sprawling foundry complex, burning the workers and starting a small fire inside the plant at 270 N. Mill St., Ramthun said. There did not appear to have been an explosion, as village fire officials had reported on Monday.

[Company president Lance] Johnson said in a statement released Tuesday that liquid metal was sprayed onto the legs and backs of the injured workers.

What makes this noteworthy is not the seriousness of the injuries—as awful as being burned with molten metal would be, the injuries are reportedly not life-threatening—but the company president's view of safety regulations. Dave Jamieson flags Lance Johnson's past statements on what he claimed were duplicative audits by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
"I've never been audited by more government agencies in my life than I have under Obama," Johnson, president of Johnson Brass & Machine Foundry Inc., in Saukville, Wisconsin, told The Wall Street Journal in a Nov. 2, 2012, campaign story. [...]

Johnson claimed the cost of dealing with those unnecessary OSHA audits went "well into the six figures." OSHA disputed that the audits were duplicative.

Isn't it funny how often the guys whining about the government checking to see if they're endangering workers actually are endangering workers? Apparently OSHA wasn't doubling up on the "prevent machine failures from spraying molten brass on people" audits, in any case.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri May 23, 2014 at 06:52 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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