Fraser Shipyard workers exposed to lead receive settlement

SUPERIOR, WI – A $7.5 million settlement is on the way for 60 workers exposed to dangerous levels of lead at Fraser Shipyards in Superior.

The workers were exposed to the lead while working on the decades old Herbert C. Jackson freighter during the winter of 2016.

Three separate lawsuits filed against Fraser, its parent company and the owner of the freighter claimed the workers suffered harm including pain, suffering, emotional or mental distress.

A Chicago-based law firm representing the workers announced the multi-million dollar settlement on Wednesday.

“We believe that this settlement, which resolves all outstanding claims, is in the best interests of all parties,” said James Farkas, President and Chief Operating Officer of Fraser Industries, the parent company of Fraser Shipyards.

The settlement amount was provided by a worker involved in the suit.

Fraser was previously cited by OSHA for a number of violations totaling $1.4 million.

A settlement in that case called for the fine to be lowered to $700,000

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