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Milwaukee, WI-based C & D Technologies Inc. is facing $147,822 in fines for exposing employees to lead and failing to implement an effective lead management program, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The battery manufacturer ended up cited for two repeated and six serious violations.

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Investigators inspected the facility, and determined that 14 employees suffered exposure to airborne lead at levels 11 times the permissible exposure limit.

The company failed to implement sufficient controls to prevent exposure; monitor ventilation for the presence of lead; post warning signs in work areas that exceeded the permissible exposure limit; provide respiratory protection; install machine guarding; and guard floor holes, OSHA investigators found.

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OSHA cited the company for similar violations in 2010.

“Employers are required to continually evaluate their facilities for hazards, and use the proper safety controls and equipment to keep their worksites safe and healthful,” said Chris Zortman, OSHA Milwaukee Area Director. “This company failed to protect their employees from the serious risks of lead exposure.”

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