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Former Cramsey employees describe poisonous work environment

UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa - Former employees of Higher Ground Tactical gun range in Upper Milford Township told 69 News they were exposed to high levels of lead while working there.

The range, which is now closed, was owned by John Cramsey.

Cramsey made headlines in 2016 after being arrested at the Holland Tunnel with a car full of weapons.

OSHA opened an investigation into the gun range shortly after Cramsey was arrested outside of New York City.

A report found 35 violations, many of them for high levels of lead found in the air at the range.

Former employees said they didn't realize the gun range wasn't up to code and are angry their former employer let it happen.

"He jeopardized our lives…we're all here because we want our treatment…we want our healthcare looked into," said Charles Wallace.

Wallace said he still suffers health problems after being exposed to lead.

"Constant headaches, constant joint pain…all my teeth breaking apart," he said.

"At the end of the night we would have buckets of shells and just throw them out back….I had no idea this wasn't proper procedure," said Richard Woodham who is also a former employee of Higher Ground Tactical.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection also cited the range and John Cramsey for dumping hazardous waste around the property.

Woodham and Wallace said some medical bills have been covered by a Workman's Compensation claim but others have not.

"My personal physician stopped seeing me because I have outstanding bills that weren't covered," Wallace said.

"When this all came about John said…I'll pay for it, send the bills to me." Wallace said he hasn't been given any money.

69 News asked John Cramsey and his attorney about the claims but they said they don't have any  comment.


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