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Region 2 News Release: 11-908-NEW (osha 11-68)
June 21, 2011
Contact: Leni Fortson    Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102   215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov   hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Newark construction company for fall,
other workplace safety hazards found at 2 New Jersey work sites

NEWARK, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited CMZ Construction LLC for exposing workers to safety hazards at a residential home construction site in Iselin and a 13-building apartment complex in Springfield. Proposed penalties total $157,080.

OSHA initiated its inspection as part of a local emphasis program on fall protection. As a result, the company was cited for three willful violations with penalties of $128,700, one repeat violation with a penalty of $9,240 and four serious violations with penalties of $19,140.

"Each of these violations leaves employees vulnerable to hazards that can cause injury and possible death," said Patricia Jones, director of OSHA's Avenel Area Office. "It is vital that the company correct these violations immediately to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for its employees."

The willful violations include failing to protect employees from falls at heights of 28 and 40 feet, and not providing head protection. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

The repeat violation addresses the company's failure to provide eye and face protection. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other fac