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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.s. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Battery Manufacturer for Lead and Other Safety Hazards; Proposes $115,594 in Penalties

By Press release submission | Mar 11, 2019


U.S.Department of Labor issued the following announcement on March 6.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited U.S. Battery Manufacturing Co. for exposing employees to lead, unguarded machinery, and other safety hazards at its facility in Augusta, Georgia. The company faces penalties of $115,594.

OSHA cited the manufacturer for exposing employees to lead exceeding the permissible exposure limit, and arsenic above the action level, and failing to record on OSHA's 300 log that the company medically removed the employees from exposure. The company also failed to conduct training, implement a medical surveillance program, and properly guard equipment.

"Elevated lead levels can cause debilitating and permanent health issues," said OSHA Atlanta-East Area Director William Fulcher. "OSHA's lead standard requires employers to minimize workers' exposure by using measures including engineering controls, safe work practices, and providing protective clothing and equipment."

The investigation was initiated under OSHA's Regional Emphasis Program on Lead.

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