For alleged repeat violations of OSHA work safety standards, a New Jersey chain-link fence manufacturer now faces nearly $200,000 in civil penalties.
A November 2015 inspection of the facility located in Pennsauken, New Jersey, uncovered eight serious OSHA violations and 7 other-than-serious violations. Upon re-inspection in 2017, inspectors found many of the same safety issues persisted at the facility.
Among the OSHA standards violated in this case were:
- Requirements for lockout/tagout, also known as “control of hazardous energy.” [29 CFR 1910.147]
- Safety standards for powered industrial trucks (forklifts). [29 CFR 1910.178]
- Machine guarding rules. [29 CFR 1910.212]
- Hazard communication training, or HazCom training, required for employees exposed to hazardous chemicals. [29 CFR 1910.1200]
- Fall protection regulations. [29 CFR 1926.501]
- OSHA’s General Duty Standard, which requires all employers to protect workers from the hazards present in their workplace. [OSH Act, Section 5(a)(1)]
Also this month, OSHA issued the maximum allowable civil penalty against a television production company
for failure to protect a stunt man who died due to injuries sustained in a 20-foot stunt fall.
OSHA—now free to raise its civil penalties annually—increased fines for work safety violations about one week ago.
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