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La Pointe Machine and Tool Co.

State: Massachusetts
Location: Hudson
Time Period: February 1956; Res. Rad. March-July 1956
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer
 
Facility Description: National Lead of Ohio (Fernald) conducted a single test involving the use of uranium metal on a broaching machine and an arbor press at the La Pointe Machine Tool Company facility.
 
*Site Activities:
Broaching is a metal removal process that uses an elongated tool having a number of teeth of successively increasing size that cut in a fixed path. The broaching tool is pulled or pushed along a fixed path so that each tooth removes successively more metal. The final dimension is achieved by the cut of the last tooth. Broaching machines may be either horizontal or vertical, and may operate either internally or externally to a work piece. Broaching is done with coolant flooded onto the tool and work piece, thus particulate emissions are similar to those of other metalworking processes such as shaping, planing and drilling. An arbor press is a mechanical press similar to a drill press in which a lever is used to apply pressure to a work piece in order to force one piece into another. Both of these machining operations are generally low emissions processes.
 
Job Categories:
Table BO.1 assigns LaPointe Machine Tool Company claimants’ job titles as of the effective date of this appendix to the Job Categories listed in Bold Textbelow. One claimant was a precision grinder (form grinder), and the other was involved in inventory control. The precision grinder is a machine operator, and although there is no indication in the files Concerning which machines he actually operated, a favorable assumption is that he was the operator of the broaching machine on the day of the test. As such, he is considered to have “plant floor high” exposure potential. The inventory control clerk is assumed to have minimal likelihood of exposure. His job would have been to maintain inventory records, possibly including the control of uranium metal shipped to and from the facility. However, it should be noted that this claimant began his employment on 4/1/1957, more than one year after the only known work with uranium at this facility.
 
Plant Floor High (Involved directly in operations)
Plant Floor Low (Involved in support of operations)
Supervisor (Assumed to spend some time in the production areas)
Clerk (Assumed to have minimal exposure)
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Listing:
La Pointe Machine and Tool Co. is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer under the EEOICPA.
 
Compensation:
As of 04/12/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at La Pointe Machine and Tool Co. is $0.
 
La Pointe Machine and Tool Co. Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other DOE or AWE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $150K plus medical benefits from the US Department of Labor. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-EEOICPA (336-4272) or fill out the form to the right, whether or not you have already filed a claim and even if your claim has been accepted or denied.
 
We can help with all OWCP (Federal Workers Compensation) claims, impairments, wage loss and health care. 2495 Main Street, Suite 442 Buffalo, NY 14214.
 
DOCUMENTS:
 
Technical Basis Documents
Site Profile
Site Profiles for Atomic Weapons Employers that Worked Uranium Metals
Effective Date: 06/17/2011

 
Site Profiles for Atomic Weapons Employers that Worked Uranium and Thorium Metals
Appendix BO – LaPointe Machine & Tool Co., Revision: 0
Effective Date: 05/25/2007