$194K OSHA Fine Assessed Against Ohio Gun Shop for Dangerous Lead Exposure Levels

Employees in gun shops are entitled to safe working conditions just like the rest of us.

So when federal and state investigators concluded that a gun shop in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was exposing its workers to unsafe lead levels, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sprung into action to assess fines.

OSHA announced last week that it had placed Pro Armament Company LLC in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program after the company failed to correct serious violations identified in a November 2014 inspection. The agency issued two failure to abate and six serious safety and health violations to the company, which faces total proposed penalties of $194,400.

OSHA’s November 2015 follow-up inspection found that Pro Armament:

  • Overexposed workers to lead.
  • Did not monitor workers’ exposure to lead.
  • Failed to train workers on respiratory and lead hazards.
  • Failed to provide protective clothing such as shoe covers.
  • Did not provide clean changing rooms or require employees to shower at the end of a work shift to prevent lead contamination.
  • Lacked housekeeping procedures to remove lead from surfaces such as cash registers and tables.
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