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Troubled Foundry to Pay $1M in Probes of Death, Worker Injuries

The company will admit to more than 80 safety violations.

A troubled New Jersey aluminum foundry will pay a $1 million penalty to settle two long-running federal workplace safety investigations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has repeatedly cited Aluminum Shapes LLC amid a series of workplace injuries and a fatality at its Delair plant.

After a worker was hospitalized early last year when a steel plate fell from a crane onto his foot, OSHA placed the company in its severe violator program.

Aluminum Shapes disputed the allegations last year, but the Labor Department said the company would admit to 81 total violations under the settlement.

It would also impose new safety measures, including retaining a full-time safety professional.

Workplace safety, meanwhile, is not the only recent concern at the plant.

Aluminum Shapes was reportedly the subject of a federal probe into a scheme to evade tariffs in 2016.

And last summer, the company filed for bankruptcy protection, citing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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