Foundry Fined $8M for Safety and Environmental Violations

Foundry Fined $8M for Safety and Environmental Violations

A manufacturer of cast iron pipe was fined $8 million for dozens of environmental violations and lying about numerous safety violations at its plant along the Delaware River. The company is under federal monitor for a four-year probationary period. Prosecutors sought a maximum fine of $15 million for the company, which was convicted in 2006 of conspiring to violate environmental regulations and obstructing state and federal probes. The company was found to have ignored dangerous conditions at the plant that led to several serious injuries, including one employee who sustained a fractured skull and lost an eye when a saw blade broke apart, and another who had to have three fingers amputated after a safety device on a cement mixer was bypassed. Threatened with retaliation if they told the truth about the unsafe conditions, employees lied to investigators about those incidents as well as the circumstances of a forklift accident that killed an employee in 2000.

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