Wisconsin Shipyard to Pay $500K in Settlement Over Worker Safety

January 9, 2017

Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis., says it’s reached an agreement with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to improve worker safety and reduce a proposed fine.

Last summer, OSHA proposed a fine of nearly $1.4 million because Fraser employees had been exposed to lead from paint and other sources while refurbishing the Great Lakes freighter Herbert C. Jackson.

Fraser said in a statement that it does not admit to fault or liability in the case, but will implement a new safety plan at the 126-year-old company and pay a $700,000 fine.

Fraser Shipyards is the last major, independent shipyard on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes.

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