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OSHA Fines Newark, NJ, Company More Than $212,000 for the Workplace Safety and Health Hazards

Newark, N.J OSHA has cited Solid Waste Transfer & Recycling Inc. for the alleged safety and health violations. The proposed penalties to the company are total of $212,400.

OSHA began its inspection on June 3 as a part of its proactive program that targets the companies in the industries with high injury and illness rates. And as a result, the company was issued the citations for four willful violations with a penalty of $198,000 and six violations with the penalty of $14,400.

The company’s failure to have an adequate lockout and procedure and a lack of machine guards was addressed as a willful violation. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with the plain indifference to, or intentional disregard for the safety and health of employee.

The serious violation includes inadequate energy control procedures, blocked exits, compressed gas cylinders were not properly marked, lack of training and effectively close electrical box openings. A serious citation is issued when there is probability of serious physical harm or death could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.

"Lockout procedures are designed to safeguard workers from the unexpected startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities," said the area director of OSHA’s office in Parsippany, N.J., Phil Peist “It is imperative that the company correct the identified hazards to protect the safety and health of its workers."