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IL Electronic Supplier Fined for Respiratory and Electrical Hazards

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Elk Grove Village, IL – Bigston Corporation is facing OSHA fines nearing $45,000 for exposing workers to various respiratory and electrical hazards. During an inspection in March, OSHA found that Bigston failed to test its full-face respirators and to train workers on how to wear them.electrical hazard

Bigston Corporation supplies, repairs, and assembles consumer electronics products. They were cited for 13 safety and health violations, including 11 that OSHA described as “serious” because the hazard could cause an accident or illness that would most likely result in death or serious physical harm.

OSHA inspectors observed workers with facial hair wearing respirators and workers wearing respirators over their hooded uniforms. Both scenarios prevent the respirators from sealing properly and therefore expose workers to harmful dust. The company also failed to ensure electrical equipment was safe and exposed workers to concentrations of chemicals higher than allowed limits.

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