The U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Pittsburgh-area firm $129,900 for exposing workers to dangerously high levels of lead, among other violations, in its work repainting the George Wade Bridge in Harrisburg.
Canonsburg-based Panthera Painting Co. Inc. has 15 days to fix the violations, ask for an informal conference with the agency's area director or fight the citations, OSHA officials said. OSHA began inspecting the site in September after it was alerted to the hazards during another inspection involving the projects general contractor, officials said. (WCxKit)
The company was fined $42,000 for failing to monitor lead levels on a quarterly basis. Twenty-nine other violations totaling $87,300 include exposing workers to lead levels, electrical hazards and having deficiencies in the companys lead protection program, OSHA officials said.
In addition, the company was cited for five less serious violations with penalties totaling $600 for not properly recording injuries and illnesses and not inspecting fire extinguishers
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