By Gregory Hale
U.S. Battery Manufacturing Co. is facing $115,594 in fines for exposing employees to lead, unguarded machinery, and other safety hazards at its facility in Augusta, Georgia, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company is facing nine serious violations, one repeated and one other than serious.

OSHA investigators cited the manufacturer for exposing employees to lead exceeding the permissible exposure limit, and arsenic above the action level, and failing to record on OSHA’s 300 log that the company medically removed the employees from exposure.

“Elevated lead levels can cause debilitating and permanent health issues,” said OSHA Atlanta-East Area Director William Fulcher. “OSHA’s lead standard requires employers to minimize workers’ exposure by using measures including engineering controls, safe work practices, and providing protective clothing and equipment.”

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The investigation was initiated under OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program on Lead.

In addition, the company also failed to conduct training, implement a medical surveillance program, and properly guard equipment.

“Elevated lead levels can cause debilitating and permanent health issues,” said OSHA Atlanta-East Area Director William Fulcher. “OSHA’s lead standard requires employers to minimize workers’ exposure by using measures including engineering controls, safe work practices, and providing protective clothing and equipment.”

The investigation was initiated under OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program on Lead.

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