Lead Paint Confirmed at Fraser Shipyards Worksites
Lead paint has been found on surfaces and work areas at Fraser Shipyards in Superior.
James Farkas, President and COO of Fraser says as of March 29, the company has ceased work on affected areas and employed a certified remediation organization to remove the paint.
Farkas says all team members are being provided free lead level screenings through Essentia Health.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into Fraser Shipyards. According to OSHA’s website, the emphasis of the investigation is on lead, and chrome 6, or Hexavalent Chromium, a toxic form of chromium metal. The OSHA inspection was opened on February 10, and has to be completed in six months.
Meanwhile, Frasher says they are planning the following changes once work begins again on the site:
-Use of HEPA vacuums for spot clean up
-Air monitor testing
-Supplying employees with additional personal protective equipment
“Fraser takes the health and safety of our team members very seriously. Our team is committed to work to ensure a safe and hazard free workplace,” said James Farkas, President and COO of Fraser Shipyards.