UPDATE: Behr Iron & Steel Pleads Guilty to OSHA Violation Causing Death of Employee

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UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Rockford-based Behr Iron and Steel Incorporated pleads guilty for violating OSHA regulations after an employee dies at their South Beloit location.

Thirty-nine year old Alfredo Arrendondo of Beloit died in 2014 after he got stuck in a moving, unguarded conveyor belt while he was cleaning a piece of machinery.

The company admits they did not provide any type of emergency shut-off in case of emergency even though OSHA required them to do so. Behr faces a maximum sentence of five years’ probation, a maximum fine of $500,000, and restitution to the victim’s family.
Sentencing is scheduled for July.

UPDATE: A Rockford company faces nearly $400,000 in penalties for potentially life-threatening safety hazards.

OSHA found 14 violations at Behr Iron & Steel’s Rockford and Peoria locations. Similar hazards were found in South Beloit following the death of a Behr employee a year ago.

UPDATE: The Behr Iron & Steel Recycling Plant is forced to pay nearly $500,000 in fines following the death of one of its employees.

A representative from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says the South Beloit location knowingly put workers at risk, claiming the plant exposed them to dangerous equipment without any safe guards. A 37-year-old man was killed after getting stuck in a machine earlier this year. OSHA's investigation also found Behr's safety training was inefficient.

For the full release from the Department of Labor, please click on the attached related link.

SOUTH BELOIT (WIFR) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of a deadly accident at the Behr Plant in South Beloit.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department says a 37-year-old worker at the facility was killed Monday night after he got stuck in a machine.

The incident remains under investigation.

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