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The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Trevor Sears Construction Co., Inc, 491-93 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, New York, and proposed penalties of $128,000 for four alleged willful and nine alleged serious violations of OSHA's lead standard. The company has until May 10 to contest the citations.
This action results from an inspection begun by OSHA on October 28 at the Bayonne Bridge linking Bayonne, New Jersey, and Staten Island, New York, in response to an employee complaint that employees were experiencing high levels of lead in their blood due to improper removal of lead paint.
OSHA alleges that the company willfully violated OSHA standards by not properly fit testing employees required to wear respirators, not providing protective clothing for employees to prevent lead contamination, not ensuring that employees who were exposed to excessive airborne lead dust took showers before going home, and not ensuring that employees removed contaminated clothing before eating and drinking.
The alleged willful violations carry a total proposed penalty of $110,000.
Patricia K. Clark, OSHA regional administrator, said, "Abrasive blasting on steel structures previously painted with lead paint releases extremely high levels of airborne lead. This company's actions demonstrated that it was fully aware of several important requirements designed to reduce employee lead exposure and decided not to comply. The employer knowingly allowed its workers to be unnecessarily exposed to airborne lead and lead contamination.
"OSHA is committed to stringent enforcement in workplaces where employers willfully violate safety and health standards." Clarke noted. "OSHA will continue to take aggressive enforcement action in such cases so others are made aware that intentional disregard for employee health and safety cannot be tolerated."
The employer was also cited for nine alleged serious violations including:
The alleged serious violations carry a total penalty of $18,000.
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, room 304, Parsippany, NJ 07054, telephone (973)263-1003.
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