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Region 3 News Release: 11-1757-PHI (osha 11-157)
Dec. 14, 2011
Contact: Leni Fortson      Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102      215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov      hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Bernville, Pa., company
for exposing workers to lead hazards and other violations

BERNVILLE, Pa. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Refractory Installation and Construction Headquarters Inc. for exposing workers to dangerously high levels of lead at a Lyons Station work site and for other violations found during an inspection of the company's Bernville headquarters. Proposed fines total $54,600.

OSHA initiated an inspection after receiving a referral from the Pennsylvania Department of Health regarding an employee with blood containing an elevated level of lead.

Eleven serious violations carrying penalties of $53,900 have been cited for overexposing workers to lead and cadmium; respiratory program deficiencies; failing to implement a lead and cadmium compliance plan; failing to provide arsenic, lead, cadmium and respiratory training; not conducting air monitoring for arsenic and lead; failing to ensure that employees exposed to airborne lead and cadmium washed their hands and faces prior to drinking; not conducting medical surveillance and exams for workers exposed to lead and cadmium; not taking employee blood samples to determine lead levels; and not informing workers of medical removal protection benefits and provide those benefits to two employees. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Four other-than-serious violations with $700 in penalties involve record-keeping violations. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct rel