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McNeilus safety program touted despite OSHA fine

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The parent company of McNeilus Trucking said Tuesday the Dodge Center firm has a strong safety record despite the announcement of a fine by the Minnesota Occupational and Health Administration.

The fine of $7,000 comes as Minnesota OSHA continues to investigate a Jan. 11 fire and explosion in the paint room at McNeilus.

"McNeilus is a People First Company and the safety of our team members is our top priority," Oshkosh Corp. , the parent of McNeilus, said in a statement. "We continue to collaborate with Minnesota OSHA as well as local and state agencies in the ongoing investigation. McNeilus did receive a General Duty Clause Citation and no specific OSHA safety standard violation was noted."

The statement went on to say, "McNeilus has a strong safety management program and processes in place and we will be meeting with OSHA in the coming weeks to review further."

Six people were injured in the explosion, including two employees who were burned on over half their body.

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The OSHA report announcing the fine categorized the violation of the General Duty Clause as "serious." That particular clause requires employers to provide a workplace free of hazards that can cause death or serious harm to workers.

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