Wisconsin Shipyard Workers Settle Lead Claims for $7.5M

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Fraser Shipyards has settled lawsuits involving dozens of workers who were exposed to lead while working on an old freighter in Superior, the company said.

Fraser has agreed to pay $7.5 million to more than 60 workers who were exposed to lead paint. The workers were involved in a 2016 engine repowering project for the freighter Herbert C. Jackson at Fraser’s Superior yards. They were converting the freighter’s old boiler and steam power system to diesel when they were exposed to the lead, according to Fraser spokesman Rob Karwath.
The first of three federal cases was tried in December.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued Fraser and paid $ 1.4 million for violent business violations in 2016. OSHA then reduced the penalty to $ 700,000 as part of an agreement Fraser adopted a new security plan.

Ana We believe that this solution, which solves all outstanding claims, is in the best interests of all parties, çöz said James Farkas, vice president and general manager of Fraser Shipyards’ parent company Fraser Industries.

Tır This agreement and the previous agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been provided by inputs from trade unions representing our workers. This enables us to move forward with a strong commitment to the protection of our employees and work life in order to protect everyone and employees working in partnership with OSHA. We live in a 126-year-old senior family company. 126

Fraser Shipyards is the last large independent shipyard on the US side of the Great Lakes.

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