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OSHA Has Cited Jersey City For Exposing Employees to Hazards

OSHA Has Cited Jersey City For Exposing Employees to Hazards
OSHA has cited Importers Service Corp., Jersey City. The reason is the company has failed to lock out energy sources and it has exposed the workers during the maintenance and repair of equipment to potential injuries. OSHA has proposed penalties $158,500.

On Nov. 10, 2009 OSHA started its inspection. OSHA inspection brought it to the light that the company has willfully violated two rules and so it has got the penalty of $98,000. More over the company has been cited for 33 serious violations with a penalty of $60,500.

Phil Peist, OSHA area director of Parsippany said, "Each of these violations leaves workers vulnerable to hazards that can result in serious injury and illness. The company has a legal obligation to provide a safe and healthful environment for workers."

The willful violations includes poor lockout/tagout system of the company, that is used to make the workers know about the release of hazardous waste. OSHA counts a willful violation as intentional, or voluntary disregard that can affect the safety and health of the employees.

The serious violations address lack of training, inadequate personal protective equipment, electrical hazards, failing to properly handle confined spaces and failing to implement an adequate hazard communication and respiratory protection program.

How to get rid of such problems

OSHA safety training is the only way that can help the employers and the employees know all about these rules, skills, and knowledge. Many federal and government agencies have been started such OSHA safety training programs, free safety trainings, and online safety training courses. All these courses are effective enough to make the workers aware of their surrounding and they will be equipped with the protective skills. Ultimately, the company will save from getting cited and proposed penalties.