A Wisconsin shipyard is facing nearly $1.4 million in fines after OSHA found 14 workers had lead levels up to 20 times the maximum exposure limit. Fraser Shipyards Inc. of overexposed workers to lead during the retrofitting of a ship’s engine room. OSHA used its “willful egregious” violation policy to fine Fraser $70,000 for each employee affected. The company also received an additional five willful violations, including citations for failing to: conduct monitoring to assess employee exposure to lead, implement a lead compliance program or a respiratory protection program for lead, and provide training on lead and asbestos hazards. The inspection was triggered by worker complaints.
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