The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA
) created a list of the worst offenders for health and safety. The Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) contains over 300 businesses that have violated their OSHA responsibilities. Two new additions to the list are Grede Wisconsin Subsidiaries
which was cited for 28 health violations and a proposed $274,500 fine, and Panthera Painting who was fined $460,000 in fines accused of failing to protect workers from exposure lead-based paint.
OSHA reported that Grede is a three-time violator of rules against exposing workers to crystalline silica dust. OSHA visited Grede's Browntown, Wisconsin facility in August 2012 and found unguarded railings; failing to provide adequate personal protective equipment for eyes, hands, and face to protect against metal splash hazards; a failure to provide employees effective information and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area.
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