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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 107659294 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 03/20/1996 ReportingID: 0214200

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:03/25/1996 I Nr Exposed:4 Final Order:
Initial Penalty: $7,000.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $5,000.02 Gravity:10 Haz Category:FALLING

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 03/20/1996 $7,000.00 03/25/1996 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 04/10/1996 $5,000.02 03/25/1996 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 001 Hazard: FALLING

Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970: The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that "window cleaners" were exposed to a fall hazard of over 100ft. a). On September 21, 1995 an employee was cleaning windows on the 11th floor of the Murdock Bldg. at the Jersey City Medical Center. He fell to his death when the safety belt he was provided and utilizing failed. Amongst others, feasible an acceptable abatement methods include but are not limited to: a. Provide and maintaining window cleaner's belts in a safe condition at all times b. Routinely inspecting, especially prior to each use, all safety belts for any sign of deterioration, wear or defects or for anything that could possible call its integrity into question. c. Thoroughly train all employees, especially window cleaners, to recognized the need to not utilize any belt which has any sign of deterioration, wear, defects, damage etc, which could compromise its strength and integrity.

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