Federal court cites Kansas City foundry for contempt
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge has found a Kansas City foundry in criminal contempt for refusing to allow a federal inspection after a foundry worker recorded high blood lead levels.
The Department of Labor said Friday that U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips found Martin Foundry owner Darrell Stone in criminal contempt after resisting an April order to cooperate with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA was responding to a report of an elevated blood lead level in an employee.
Stone says he thinks OSHA overreacted. He says the elevated lead level was his and thinks it was from handling shotgun shells, not from the foundry, which makes brass and aluminum castings.
Stone and representatives from a safety consultant company have been ordered to pay more than $10,000 in penalties and fines.