OSHA cites Wisconsin’s Castalloy Inc. for exposing its foundry workers to coal tar pitch and formaldehyde

June 7, 2013

WAUKESHA, Wis. – Castalloy Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 14 safety and health violations as the result of a follow-up inspection at the company’s Waukesha foundry on Nov. 28, 2012. The inspection found two repeat violations for allowing workers to be exposed to coal tar pitch volatiles in excess of permissible exposure limits and failing to provide medical surveillance for workers exposed to formaldehyde. OSHA has proposed fines totaling $83,160.

“Castalloy has failed in its responsibility to monitor exposure to hazardous materials and to provide proper respiratory and personal protective equipment to its foundry workers,” said Chris Zortman, OSHA’s area director in Milwaukee. “Repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to worker safety and health.”

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