Thursday, February 6, 2014

Idaho Rail Supervisor Admits to Negligence in Lead Poisoning Trial

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

A supervisor at a North-Central Idaho railroad operation has admitted to negligently placing his workers in imminent danger of lead poisoning.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that John Myre, supervisor for the Dakota Southern Railroad in Kamiah, reached a plea agreement after prosecutors said he directed workers to use acetylene torches to cut apart steal beams painted with lead-based paint. When heated, the paint became volatile and released lead components into the ambient air, according to court documents.

One worker testified that the smoke and fumes from the melted lead paint blew into his face and he breathed the fumes into his lungs, according to the Tribune. Prosecutors added that another worker was taken to an Orofino hospital, where he was diagnosed with acute lead poisoning.

As part of the plea agreement, Myre admitted to acting negligently and is subject to a $2,500 fine and possible jail time when he is sentenced later this month.

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