A Cincinnati Foundry may be fined nearly one hundred and twenty nine thousand dollars by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after it was found guilty of violating health and safety measures on a number of counts, including health and safety relating to asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a known carcinogenic, and can cause a range of health problems through exposure, including scarring of the lungs, respiratory problems, and asbestos related cancer.
The violations were discovered after an inspection was arranged at the Foundry as part of a program to reinforce the importance of health and safety in the workplace. The inspection was started in January of this year. Over forty four serious violations were discovered as part of the investigation.
A number of violations were cited after the investigation including issues relating to asbestos exposure, not warning employees about fire hazards and dangerous chemicals, lack of internal inspections in the workplace, electrical hazards, and deficiencies in training.
An official from OSHA stated: â€œHandling 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 workplace safe and healthful, or face close OSHA scrutiny.â€