OSHA cites Illinois Gun Works

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  1. ka64

    ka64 Well-Known Member

    May 1, 2011
    Richmond & Sterling Michigan

    ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Illinois Gun Works Ltd. for 28 alleged health violations following a Jan. 21 inspection referred by the Illinois Department of Public Health that found two gun range operators were exposed to airborne lead levels up to 12 times the permissible level. Proposed fines total $111,000.

    "Illinois Gun Works has a responsibility to protect the health of its employees by ensuring that they operate in a manner which eliminates or minimizes lead hazards, including exposure," said Diane Turek, director of OSHA's Chicago North Area Office in Des Plaines. "OSHA is committed to protecting employees' safety and health."

    A total of 27 serious violations include 13 for violating the lead standard, including failing to implement engineering and work practice controls to reduce exposure, collect full shift personal samples for monitoring, measure effectiveness of the ventilation system to control exposure, provide clean protective clothing, dispose of or replace protective clothing, provide clean changing rooms or separate storage facilities for protective work clothing to prevent cross-contamination with street clothes, require workers exposed to lead to shower at the end of a shift or to ensure workers washed hands and faces prior to consuming food during breaks, and implement a medical surveillance program for all employees who were exposed to lead at or above the action levels, including biological monitoring such as blood sampling.

    The remaining serious violations include failing to implement a hazard communication program, train workers on hazardous chemicals present in the work environment, label chemical bottles with contents and a hazard warning, administer an effective hearing conservation program, train in the use of personal protective equipment and implement a respirator protection program that includes, fit testing and training. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

    One other-than-serious violation has been cited for failing to provide a written certification that a hazard assessment had been performed. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

    Illinois Gun Works operates a gun sales business, a shooting range and gun safety training. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
  2. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    I don't know the facts of this situation, but I do remember Obama's promise to use "all legal" means under existing law to achieve goals, including a gun ban, if Congress does not pass the legislation he wants.

    Not just on guns. Note that he is paying off his Chinese friends by using the powers of the federal government to close down U.S. businesses that try to compete with China. If everything you buy says "Made in China", thank our president.


  3. raven818

    raven818 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Jax, Fl.
    There isn't a business existing, that has two or more employees, that can't be busted by OSHA. If they arrive with the intent to bust the owner, it's not that difficult.

    If you have a bottle of anything sitting in a corner, and it doesn't have an OSHA approved tag on it showing contents and proper handling instructions, and proper clean-up instructions, you're busted.
  4. norahc

    norahc Active Member

    Dec 31, 2011
    An hour's drive from the nearest McDonald's
    Yep, and they will pretty much find something to bust a company for simply to justify the expense of them coming out in the first place.
  5. NRA_guy

    NRA_guy Member

    May 31, 2010
    Any bureaucrat inspector will ALWAYS cite an employer or business for a bunch of stuff. If they don't find things to write up, they are out of a job.

    And, yes, the President is using Federal agencies as his private gestapo to eliminate opposition. Recall they shut down Gibson Guitars in Tennessee.

    The IRS also targets "opponents".

    The situation is not unlike Nazi Germany.

    And what small business can afford to fight the Feds?

    The lesson in all this is: "Toe the line or pay the price."

    The first Federal agencies that should be eliminated are:

  6. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    Only $10 range fee! that's the cheapest around here. I may go there. That's why they are out to get them. They are in Cook County.


    Cabelo's opened a 10 million dollar facility in Hoffman Estates. After they had opened the store Hoffman Estates was going to ban the sale of all guns. Good thing Cabelo's has the money and good lawyers put a stop to that. They are in Cook County also.
  7. Millwright

    Millwright Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2005

    Damn ! Who did they PO ? Seems somebody has a boner for these guys and is using the Chicago, IL EPA to do it ! I'm particularly struck by the "up to 12 times" statement, as it implies - but doesn't document - a chronic workplace exposure at this rate.

    In essence the EPA is demanding the same sort of environmental controls and resultant documentation as any worker in a nuclear generating plant (all of which have lots of lead around ) would be subject to control exposure to radioactive materials! I lived this "game" for many years and know just how prohibitively expensive implementing these sorts of "environmental controls" will be ! And if/when the "vics" have complied - after paying the egregious fines - the EPA's minions will be back with a new list of "violations" !

    IOW, its time to shut the doors and take down the sign. Talk to the right lawyers and open under a new business name and organization. >MW
  8. BikerNut

    BikerNut New Member

    Jan 31, 2011
    The range at Illinois Gun Works, compared to every other place around here, is neat and clean and well-kept. They are a good business with good people.

    **** OSHA. This is purely political.

    OOPS. Bad language. Sorry. Plague and pestilence be upon OSHA... or something to that effect.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2012
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