US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Kearny, NJ, pool chemical
manufacturer for workplace hazards, proposes more than $70,000 in fines
KEARNY, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Kearny-based Alden Leeds Inc. for exposing employees to safety hazards at worksites located in Kearny and Hackensack, N.J. Proposed penalties total $70,400.
"Employers who fail to follow through on their responsibility to provide safe workplaces will be held legally accountable," said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA's Parsippany, N.J., area office. "It is vital that Alden Leeds remove these hazards immediately."
OSHA initiated an inspection in response to a complaint, citing Alden Leeds for 23 serious violations with penalties of $66,550 and five other-than-serious violations with penalties of $3,850.
The serious citations are for failing to ensure workers being lifted by a forklift truck had an approved manlift cage; provide sufficient guardrails on work platforms; keep exits clear and mark exit doors; provide stable material storage; evaluate forklift operators every three years; conduct a preventative maintenance program for 2-ton cranes; ensure compressed air used for cleaning did not exceed 30 pounds per square inch; and ensure workers did not use damaged electrical equipment. OSHA issues a serious citation when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The other-than-serious violations pertain to recordkeeping. An other-than-serious violation has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
Alden Leeds Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, meet with the OSHA area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The inspection was conducted by OSHA's Parsippany Area Office, which can be reached at 973-263-1003. To report workplace incidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, call the agency's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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