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Berlin foundry owner convicted of having workers handle asbestos

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BERLIN (WLUK) -- The owner of a now-closed foundry in Berlin has pleaded guilty to charges it had workers handle asbestos without telling them what they were dealing with or giving them proper safety equipment.

The owner of the Grede Foundry was fined $200,000, which it paid. The company has also agreed to pay the 11 workers more than $340,000 to provide for future medical monitoring for health problems connected to asbestos exposure.

According to prosecutors, in January 2012, Grede L.L.C. ordered employees to remove asbestos-containing insulation material from the roof of an inactive industrial oven.

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