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OSHA fines Sauk County company for exposing employees to lead, copper hazards

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PRAIRIE DU SAC (WKOW) -- The U.S. Department of Labor is fining a Sauk County manufacturing company for exposing employees to lead and copper dust at rates higher than acceptable levels.

In a press release sent Friday morning, OSHA says they're proposing $171,628 in penalties to Milwaukee Valve Company Inc., which is based in Prairie du Sac.

The proposed penalties come after an OHSA inspection in July 2019. They say they cited the company for "failing to implement adequate engineering and work practice controls to reduce employee exposure to lead, and train foundry employees on the hazards of lead and cadmium exposure."

The company was also cited for violations related to respiratory protection and "walking and working surfaces."

"Chronic exposures to lead, copper and other metal dusts can result in long-term health issues, such as lung and nervous system damage," OSHA Madison Area Director Chad Greenwood said in the release "Employers must provide personal protective equipment to employees working with toxic metals, and take appropriate steps to minimize worker exposure."

To learn more about the OHSA citation, click here.

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