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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited The New Yorker Hotel Management Co., Inc., 481 8th Avenue, New York, New York, and proposed penalties of $238,950 against the firm, for three alleged willful, eleven alleged serious, and two alleged other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards. The company has until August 23 to contest the citations.
According to OSHA area director Robert D. Kulick, the action results from an inspection of the premises conducted from March 18 through July 27, following a referral alleging that employees were being exposed to air borne asbestos while performing renovation work and routine maintenance operations.
OSHA cited the hotel management company for three alleged willful violations of the asbestos in construction standard:
The alleged willful violations carry a total proposed penalty of $189,000.
The employer was also cited for eleven alleged serious violations of OSHA safety and health standards, including:
The alleged serious violations carry a total proposed penalty of $49,050.
The employer was also cited for failure to comply with OSHA's lockout/tagout standard and the requirement to provide employees with access to their medical records, two alleged other-than-serious violations carrying a total proposed penalty of $900.
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 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. An other-than-serious violation is a hazardous condition that would probably not cause death or serious physical harm but would have a direct and immediate relationship to the safety and health of the employees.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Manhattan area office, located at 6 World Trade Center, room 881, New York, N. Y. 10048. Telephone (212) 466-2481.
This information will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (212) 337-2319; TDD phone: 800-347-8029
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