OSHA cites Grede for three violations

Special to The Freeman

March 31, 2014

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 foundry.

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 Japan.

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.