Spirit AeroSystems faces OSHA fines

May 15, 2019 - 7:50 pm

Spirit AeroSystems faces more than $193,000 in fines and penalties after government officials alleged the Wichita company exposed some employees to a known carcinogen.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA), cited Spirit AeroSystems for allegedly exposing employees to hexavalent chromium during aircraft painting. The agency found six violations, which include allegations that Spirit failed to monitor levels of the cancer-causing substance after a previous violation.

The Wichita Eagle reports that OSHA alleged painters were exposed to up to 44 times the permissible exposure level of airborne chromium concentration, and that facial hair on some employees prevented their respirators from sealing.

In a statement, the company says it doesn't believe any of its employees have been exposed to improper hexavalent chromium levels and will ask for a reduction in penalties.

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