The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Franklin Non-Ferrous Foundry Inc., Franklin, N.H., with four alleged willful and serious violations of workplace health and safety standards, chiefly involving a failure to protect workers from exposure to lead.
The foundry faces a total of $185,900 in proposed fines following an inspection by OSHA's Concord, N.H., area office, which was opened in January 2012.
The most recent inspection found two employees exposed to excessive levels of lead during foundry operations, as well as a lack of sufficient engineering controls to reduce lead exposure levels. According to OSHA, the foundry’s management also failed to conduct additional lead exposure monitoring when alloys with higher lead content were used and the ventilation system was not working. Subsequently, OSHA has issued citations with $181,500 in proposed penalties for the violations.
Citations in this case can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/FranklinNon-FerrousFoundry_111399_0717_12.pdf.
Franklin Non-Ferrous Foundry Inc. has elected to contest its citations and proposed penalties to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.