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USA - Cincinnati Foundry Fined by OSHA for Asbestos and Other Violations

<font size="2">Cincinnati, Ohio –The Occupational <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=9167&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=safety" target="_top">Safety</a> and Health Administration (OSHA) may fine a Cincinnati <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=4184&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=foundry" target="_top">foundry</a> up to $128,700 for alleged multiple violations of federal workplace <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=9167&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=safety" target="_top">safety</a> and health standards.</font>

<font size="2">OSHA chose to inspect the <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=4184&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=foundry" target="_top">foundry</a> as part of a local program that emphasizes health and <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=9167&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=safety" target="_top">safety</a> in the <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=8349&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=primary%20metal" target="_top">primary metal</a> industry. The OSHA inspection began in January 2008 and uncovered a large number of violations.</font>

<font size="2">In total, the inspection revealed an alleged 44 serious violations, including 33 <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=9167&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=safety" target="_top">safety</a> violations and 11 health regulation problems. “Serious” citations are defined by OSHA as those that may cause serious physical harm or death, which the employer either knew about or should have known about.</font>

<font size="2">The issues uncovered by the inspection include <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=529&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=asbestos" target="_top">asbestos</a> and <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=9716&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[pointer]=4&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=silica" target="_top">silica</a> exposure issues, failing to warn employees about hazardous chemicals, fire hazards, lack of periodic internal <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=9167&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=safety" target="_top">safety</a> inspections, lack of personal protective <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=3585&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[pointer]=0&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=equipment" target="_top">equipment</a>, fall hazards, <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=3529&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=energy" target="_top">energy</a> <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=2120&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=control" target="_top">control</a>, <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=11011&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=training" target="_top">training</a> deficiencies, machine guarding, and electrical hazards.</font>

<font size="2">One of the most dangerous violations includes the <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=529&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=asbestos" target="_top">asbestos</a> exposure allegations. <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=529&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=asbestos" target="_top">Asbestos</a> was commonly used throughout the twentieth century in many types of construction products due to its fire <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=8939&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[pointer]=2&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=resistance" target="_top">resistance</a> and physical strength. The <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=11005&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=toxic" target="_top">toxic</a> <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=6448&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[pointer]=3&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=material" target="_top">material</a> was also used in thousands of commercial, industrial, and domestic products.</font>

<font size="2">However, the known dangers of <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=529&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=asbestos" target="_top">asbestos</a>, including its ability to cause cancer when the <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=3885&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=fiber" target="_top">fibers</a> are inhaled or ingested, has resulted in strict regulations controlling how <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=529&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=asbestos" target="_top">asbestos</a> is handled in the <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=11731&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=work%20place" target="_top">workplace</a>. Where <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=529&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=asbestos" target="_top">asbestos</a> exposure is a possibility, protective <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=3585&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=equipment" target="_top">equipment</a> should be worn to prevent inhalation of the dangerous <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=3885&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=fiber" target="_top">fibers</a>.</font>

<font size="2">Exposure to <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=529&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=asbestos" target="_top">asbestos</a> can cause serious and terminal diseases, including asbestosis and an aggressive and treatment-resistant cancer called mesothelioma. <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=9716&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[pointer]=4&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=silica" target="_top">Silica</a> is also known to cause similar health issues when inhaled. Both <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=10454&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=substance" target="_top">substances</a> can cause a chronic lung disease characterized by gradual loss of lung function over an extended period of time.</font>

<font size="2">Richard Gilgrist, director of the OSHA’s area office in Cincinnati, says, “Handling dangerous chemicals, electrical hazards, and machine guarding problems are issues that should not exist at any work site. Employers must remain dedicated to keeping the <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=11731&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[sword]=work%20place" target="_top">workplace</a> safe and healthful, or face close OSHA scrutiny.”</font>

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