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Release Number: 10-1079-ATL
Aug. 23, 2010
Contact: Diana Petterson     Michael D'Aquino
Phone: 202-693-1898     404-562-2076
E-mail: Petterson.Diana@dol.gov   D'Aquino.Michael@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites E.N. Range Inc. in Miami, Fla.,
more than $2 million for exposing workers to lead and other hazards

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to E.N. Range Inc. in Miami, Fla., alleging the company knowingly neglected to protect employees who clean gun ranges from serious overexposure to lead. It also provided, without medical supervision, non-FDA-approved treatments for lead exposure. The company was cited for more than 50 violations of the lead standard and others, with total proposed penalties of $2,099,600.

"This company was well aware of what it needed to do to protect its workers from a well known hazard. It not only failed to provide that protection, it misled employees - most of whom had limited knowledge of English - into believing that it was providing them with appropriate medical treatment," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Such a blatant disregard for the health of workers will not be tolerated under this administration."

E.N. Range has been cited for 42 willful and serious violations of the lead standard with proposed penalties of $1,884,000. OSHA's lead standard requires employers to protect their workers from lead exposure which can cause many serious health issues including brain damage, paralysis, kidney disease, and even death.

OSHA's lead standard also addresses the use of chelating agents, which are medicines intended to reduce blood