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US Department of Labor's OSHA proposes $159,390 fine for Fortune Painting Co.
for repeatedly exposing workers to dangerous lead levels, serious fall hazards
WILMETTE, Ill. – Fortune Painting Co. Inc. has been cited for 25 violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, including willful and repeat violations for exposing workers to dangerous levels of lead from lead-based paint. OSHA cited the company for failing to protect workers from serious fall hazards while restoring a home in Wilmette. The Lincolnwood-based company has an extensive history of OSHA violations and faces proposed penalties of $159,390 after the most recent investigation. Lead exposure can cause long-term damage to the central nervous, urinary, blood and reproductive systems.
"Lead is one of the most common health hazards found in industry and is a leading cause of workplace illness. Lead particles are easily transported from work sites on clothing and other materials, so taking precautions to prevent exposure is vitally important to the health of workers and their families," said Angie Loftus, OSHA's area director for Chicago Nor