A New Jersey-based company subcontracted to paint the Braga Bridge is facing thousands of dollars in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for allegedly using lead based paint.

According to The Herald News, Allied Painting Inc. is facing $41,480 in fines for what OSHA calls six "serious" violations.

The company is appealing the violations.

Along with workers being exposed to high levels of lead, they were also exposed to falls of more than 100 feet from scaffolding and ladders on the bridge.

The investigation began in October after a report of elevated lead blood levels in Allied workers performing abrasive blasting and painting.

High levels of lead were also found in the areas where workers changed contaminated clothing and ate their meals.

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