NH window restoration company fined $40,000 by OSHA
Agency cites violations involving lead, other hazards
Window Master Inc., a window restoration company based in Dublin, has been fined $40,000 by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to unsafe levels of lead and other hazards.
OSHA had cited Window Master Inc. in May 2015, and as a result, the agency has cited the company for six repeat violations as well as for three violations of workplace health and safety standards.
Proposed penalties total $40,400. 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.
OSHA said the agency found, after conducting a follow-up inspection of the company, that Window Master had:
• Exposed employees to lead beyond permissible limits
• Failed to provide changing and shower areas to employees who worked with lead, significantly increasing the likelihood of contamination outside the immediate work area, such as the lunchroom and break areas, and causing exposure to the chemicals while eating or drinking
• 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
• Did not develop or implement a hearing conservation program.