- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - Fraser Shipyards in Superior says it’s reached an agreement with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to improve worker safety and reduce a proposed fine.

Last summer, OSHA proposed a fine of nearly $1.4 million because Fraser employees had been exposed to lead from paint and other sources while refurbishing the Great Lakes freighter Herbert C. Jackson.

Fraser said in a statement Thursday that it does not admit to fault or liability in the case, but will implement a new safety plan at the 126-year-old company and pay a $700,000 fine.

Fraser Shipyards is the last major, independent shipyard on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes.

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