BROWNTOWN – The
U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health
Administration said Monday it has cited Grede Wisconsin
Subsidiaries LLC for three violations, including one repeat, for
allegedly failing to evaluate worker exposure to respirable
crystalline silica dust and other hazards at the Browntown iron
The inhalation of silica particles can lead to lung diseases,
according to OSHA. The complaint was initialized by OSHA after
an inspection in November 2013. Proposed penalties total
$50,600, according to the agency.
“Employers have a responsibility to monitor worker exposure to
known hazards and to take precautions to limit exposure to
potentially fatal elements,” said Kim Stille, OSHA's area
director in Madison, in a statement.
A response from the company wasn’t immediately available.
A similar violation was cited at the Browntown plant in 2012.
Grede Wisconsin employs about 200 workers at the Browntown
facility, which specializes in producing castings in ductile and
gray iron. It is operated by Southfield, Mich.-based Grede
Holdings LLC, which has 21 facilities in the U.S., Europe and
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations
and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with
OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the
independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.