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OSHA CITES FOUR CONTRACTORS AT SECAUCUS, N.J. CONSTRUCTION SITE, ALLEGING WILLFUL AND SERIOUS VIOLATIONS WITH $102,700 IN PENALTIES
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Wilkes Barre, PA , general contractor and three New Jersey subcontractors working at the site of a hotel being constructed in Secaucus, New Jersey and proposed penalties totaling $102,700 for two alleged willful violations and 19 alleged serious violations of OSHA safety standards. The companies have 15 working days to contest the citations.
The action results from an investigation initiated February 1 at 875 Paterson Plank Road in Secaucus, where the general contractor, Marquis-Stevens Inc. of 525 Richard St., Wilkes Barre, is engaged in the construction of a new Hilton hotel. An OSHA compliance officer who observed serious fall hazards on the site notified the site manager of the danger.
"This employer, despite repeated requests by OSHA, failed to take action to correct several hazards including falls from heights up to 50 feet," said David Ippolito, OSHA area director.
Marquis-Stevens, Inc. was cited for two alleged willful violations carrying a total proposed penalty of $77,000 for failing to provide adequate fall protection on the building roof and on open-sided floors.
The company also was cited for six alleged serious violations with a total proposed penalty of $9,600:
Three subcontractors were cited for alleged serious violations. R Correa Construction Corp. of 115 Stewart Ave., Kearny, N.J., was cited for six violations carrying a total proposed penalty of $9,600:
Wall Stucco, Inc. of 323 Spotswood Englishtown Rd., Monroe, NJ, was cited for 6 alleged serious violations carrying a total proposed penalty of $5,500:
Valairco, Inc. of 29 King George Road, Green Brook, N.J., was cited for unsafe use and transportation of compressed gas cylinders, an alleged serious violation with a proposed penalty of $1,000.
A willful violation is defined by OSHA as one committed with an intentional disregard for, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSHA act and regulations. A serious violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can result.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Parsippany area office, located at 299 Cherry Hill Road, suite 304, Parsippany, New Jersey, telephone (973) 263-1003.
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