Report: 171 workers at Wisconsin shipyard had lead poisoning


(SUPERIOR, Wis.) — Nearly three-quarters of workers tested for lead exposure at a Superior shipyard had elevated levels in their blood, according to a report released Friday by Wisconsin and Minnesota health officials, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. About 73 percent, or 171 or 233 employees, at Fraser Shipyards had blood lead poisoning that was uncovered during an investigation by health officials in April 2016. The workers were exposed to lead while retrofitting the bulk carrier Herbert C. Jackson, which was built in 1959. Fraser recently reached a $700,000 settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to lead. In a statement last week, Fraser didn’t admit fault or liability in the case.

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By Professional Mariner Staff