Region 2 News Release: NY 173
August 11, 1999
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY ASBESTOS REMOVAL FIRM CITED BY OSHA FOR ALLEGED WILLFUL AND OTHER SAFETY AND HEALTH VIOLATIONS: $150,600 IN PENALTIES PROPOSED
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Sansla Inc. of 41 Liberty Street, Passaic, New Jersey, and proposed penalties of $150,600 against the firm, for six alleged willful and five alleged serious violations of OSHA standards. The company has until September 1 to contest the citations.
According to Lisa Levy, OSHA area director, the action results from an inspection of a mall at Route 17 and Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus, conducted from February 19 to August 3. On February 16, an employee suffered a broken arm after falling from a scaffold at the job site where the company was engaged in asbestos removal work.
OSHA cited the employer for the following alleged willful violations:
- failure to provide fall protection for employers working on scaffold platforms.
- failure to properly monitor employees' exposure to asbestos.
- failure to ensure that all employees wore proper respirators in Class I asbestos removal areas.
- failure to ensure that employees wore proper respirators while doing work in Class I asbestos removal areas.
- failure to ensure that employees entered and exited asbestos removal area properly.
- failure to keep accurate records of employees' exposure to asbestos
The alleged willful violations carry a total proposed penalty of $142,500.
OSHA also cited the employer for the following alleged serious violations:
- failure to ensure that employee wore eye protection.
- failure to ensure that electric cords were suitable for wet locations.
- failure to ensure that scaffold platforms were fully planked..
- failure to ensure that wheels on mobile scaffold were locked while the scaffold was in use.
- failure to properly train employees involved in erecting scaffolds on the hazards associated with the work.
The alleged serious violations carry a total proposed penalty of $8,100.
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 one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious
physical harm can result.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Hasbrouck Heights area office, located at 500 Route 17, 2nd Floor, Hasbrouck Heights, N. J. Telephone: (201) 288-1700.
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