Employees at Risk at WI Foundry

Monday, August 8, 2016 @ 04:08 PM gHale


Waupaca Foundry Inc. is facing $56,950 in fines for four health and safety violations at its Waupaca, WI, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Waupaca-based company has three foundries in the city as well as locations in Marinette, WI; Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. OSHA investigators issued two repeat and two serious safety violations to Waupaca Foundry Inc.

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An investigation found Waupaca overexposed its employees to:
• Noise
• Respirable crystalline silica
• Carbon monoxide

The company also failed to implement a formaldehyde training program and engineering and administrative controls to reduce exposure to hazards.

“Waupaca’s willingness to continually allow occupational noise that exceeds safety standards puts its workers at risk of permanent hearing loss and undermines their quality of life,” said Robert Bonack, OSHA’s area director in Appleton. “Our inspectors also found workers exposed to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide and silica dust, a known respiratory hazard that can cause cancer and other health complications. Like all employers, Waupaca Foundry is responsible for implementing health and safety programs to protect its employees from exposure to these and other hazards.”

Waupaca Foundry produces iron castings and employs 4,000 workers at nine foundry, machining and assembly plants.