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OSHA Fines Firm for Lead and Copper Dust Hazards

January 15, 2020

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OSHA Fines Firm for Lead and Copper Dust Hazards

Prairie du Sac, WI-based industrial value manufacturer Milwaukee Valve Company Inc. was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and issued a fine of $171,623 after the agency determined that workers were exposed to lead and copper dust at rates that were greater than permissible exposure levels. 

Milwaukee Valve received citations for failing to implement adequate engineering and work practice controls to lower exposure levels of lead and neglecting to provide workers with training on lead and cadmium exposure hazards. OSHA also cited the firm for violations concerning the site’s walking and working surfaces and respiratory protection.

“Chronic exposures to lead, copper, and other metal dusts can result in long-term health issues, such as lung and nervous system damage,” OSHA Madison Area Director Chad Greenwood said in an agency press release. “Employers must provide personal protective equipment to employees working with toxic metals, and take appropriate steps to minimize worker exposure.”

The company has 15 business days to request an informal conference with an OSHA area director, challenge the findings before an independent board, or comply. 

Milwaukee Valve produces ball valves, butterfly valves, lead-free valves, actuation and specialty valves and gate, globe, and check valves, according to information on its website, as well as marine products. 

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