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Region 2 News Release: 11-1140-NEW (osha 11-085)
Aug. 3, 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 Clifton, NJ, company
for exposing workers to safety and health hazards

CLIFTON, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Safas Corp. for 20 workplace safety and health violations at its Clifton facility. OSHA initiated a Jan. 31 investigation based on a referral from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which alleged strong solvent odors. Proposed penalties total $135,000.

"By disregarding OSHA safety and health standards, this company is leaving its employees vulnerable to hazards that can cause serious injury and possible death," said Lisa Levy, director of OSHA's Hasbrouck Heights Area Office. "It is vital that all identified violations be quickly corrected to protect the workers at this facility."

Two willful violations with $84,000 in penalties involve the company's failure to provide workers with forklift training and a hearing conservation program. 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.

Eighteen serious violations with $51,000 in penalties include damaged and inadequate electrical equipment, the lack of a hoist safety latch, excessive noise exposure, blocked exits and an unsecured forklift propane cylinder. Additionally, the company failed to provide personal protection equipment; an eye wash facility; fire extinguisher training; proper housekeeping; a lockout/tagout program to prevent the inadvertent start-up