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.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:
[Company president Lance] Johnson said in a statement released Tuesday that liquid metal was sprayed onto the legs and backs of the injured workers.
"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. [...]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.
Johnson claimed the cost of dealing with those unnecessary OSHA audits went "well into the six figures." OSHA disputed that the audits were duplicative.