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Federated-Weiner Metals


Federal OSHA citations asserted Federated Weiner Metals failed to: provide medical examinations to five employees with excessively high lead blood levels, despite the recommendations of a company physician; told a physician examining employees at the plant that the level of lead there did not exceed federal exposure limits when, in fact, it was 30 times higher; failed to remove four employees with high levels of lead in their blood from work in areas of high exposure; and failed to put proper safety guards on equipment. (Date below is approximate.)


District Attorney Ira Reiner; Special Assistant Jan Chatten-Brown

Incident Type

Chemical Exposure


Los Angeles




January 1, 1989

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First Last Age Title Employer Injury Type
Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Federated Weiner Metals Injury


Name Type Title Plea Information Conviction Sentence
Michael Baker Individual President Unavailable Unavailable
Penal Crimes Charged


Other Crimes Charged

Misdemeanor Code of Regulations violations for failing to limit lead exposure

David Haller Individual Plant Manager Unavailable Charges dismissed in exchange for testimony against Michael Baker.
Penal Crimes Charged


Other Crimes Charged


Federated Weiner Metals Entity Entity Pleaded no contest to 32 misdemeanor criminal charges and agreed to pay $200,000 to finance an occupational lead screening program and $25,000 in fines Avoided criminal trial by paying $25,000 in penalties and fines and contributing $200,000 to finance a new occupational lead-screening program in Los Angeles County.
Penal Crimes Charged

Unspecified misdemeanor offenses (32 counts)

Other Crimes Charged