Aircraft manufacturer Spirit Aerosystems Inc. is facing $194,006 in fines for exposing employees to hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The company faces fines for one willful and five serious violations.
OSHA investigators found the Wichita, KN-based defense contractor exposed employees to airborne concentrations of hexavalent chromium nearly two times the permissible exposure limit.
The company failed to implement sufficient feasible engineering and work practice controls to prevent exposure, conduct monitoring or sampling, provide training, and require employees to properly remove potentially contaminated personal protective equipment and clothing before leaving the sanding area, investigators said.
“This company failed to protect their employees from exposure to a known carcinogen,” said OSHA Acting Wichita Area Office Director Ryan Hodge. “Employers are required to continually evaluate their facilities for hazards, and use the proper safety controls and equipment to keep their worksites safe and healthy.”