The federal government has fined a west suburban gun range more than $100,000 for health violations after high lead levels were detected during an inspection in January.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found 27 serious violations — including 13 for lead standards — during the Jan. 21 inspection at Illinois Gun Works LTD. in Elmwood Park, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency also found one "other-than-serious" violation.
The inspection found Illinois Gun Works — which sells guns, operates a shooting range and offers gun safety training — had airborne lead levels up to 12 times the permissible level, the release said.
The government proposes fines of $111,000, which Illinois Gun Works has 15 business days to pay, contest or request an informal conference to discuss, the release said.
"Illinois Gun Works has a responsibility to protect the health of its employees by ensuring that they operate in a manner which eliminates or minimizes lead hazards, including exposure," OSHA's Chicago North Area Director Diane Turek said in the release.