New Hampshire Window Company Fined $40K by OSHA

Lead and “other hazards” recently brought the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) down on Window Master Inc., of Dublin, N.H. The company restores and renovates glazing for commercial and residential buildings.

The violations resulted in a $40,000 fine “for exposing workers to unsafe levels,” according to the administration.

An OSHA follow-up inspection of the company found that it had:

  • Exposed employees to lead beyond permissible limits;
  • Failed to provide changing and shower areas to employees who worked with lead, which the administration says significantly increases the likelihood of contamination outside the immediate work area;
  • Allowed lead to accumulate on such surfaces as a lunch table, water dispenser, faucet, light switch and soap dispenser;
  • Did not measure the effectiveness of the ventilation system to prevent exposure to lead;
  • Failed to make sure employees wore appropriate protective clothing while exposed to lead above permissible levels;
  • Did not make sure workers used respirators properly; and
  • Did not develop or implement a hearing conservation program.

“Over exposure to lead can cause permanent kidney, blood and reproductive damage,” says Rosemarie Cole, area OSHA director. “This employer needs to provide effective safeguards to correct hazards and prevent them from happening again.”

The company can request an informal conference within 15 working days from the time they received the OSHA notice to discuss the violations and accept or contest the violations.

As of press time on Monday, representatives from Window Master Inc. had not replied to requests for comment.

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