- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on a Wisconsin shipyard facing nearly $1.4 million in penalties after federal health inspectors said it exposed workers to lead (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

The president of a Wisconsin shipyard facing fines after federal health inspectors said it exposed workers to lead says the company took prompt action to protect workers when it learned of the problem.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced nearly $1.4 million in fines on Monday against Fraser Shipyards Inc.

Company President James Farkas says his company takes workers’ health seriously. He disputes allegations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that managers knew about the presence of lead and asbestos but ignored regulations and workers’ concerns.

Farkas says the company halted work when it learned of the problem.

Officials say tests done by OSHA found 14 workers had lead levels up to 20 times the exposure limit. OSHA says workers also were exposed to other heavy metals during the retrofitting of a ship’s engine room.

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9:55 a.m.

A Wisconsin shipyard faces nearly $1.4 million in penalties after federal health inspectors said it exposed workers to lead.

The fine against Fraser Shipyards, Inc., in Superior was announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Officials say that tests from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that 14 workers had lead levels up to 20 times the exposure limit. The agency also found workers exposed to other heavy metals during the retrofitting of a ship’s engine room.

Messages left for Fraser Shipyards were not immediately returned Monday.

OSHA began inspecting the shipyard earlier this year after receiving complaints of unsafe working conditions. The agency found that Fraser Shipyards’ management knew about the presence of lead and asbestos, but ignored regulations and worker concerns.


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