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Region 2 News Release: 11-1461 (osha 11-136)
Oct. 11, 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 fines Bayonne, NJ, company $125,300
for exposing workers to fall, struck-by and other safety hazards

BAYONNE, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Bayonne-based Jay Imports Co. for two willful and eight serious violations for exposing workers to fall, "struck-by" and other safety hazards at the company's warehouse. Proposed penalties total $125,300.

The willful violations, carrying penalties of $98,000, are due to the company's practice of transporting employees throughout the warehouse on the forks of forklifts and raising them to heights of up to 20 feet, while standing, to pick orders. This practice exposed workers to fall and struck-by hazards. 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 eight serious violations, with penalties of $27,300, involve failing to provide a written hazard communications program, ensure exit routes and doors were unobstructed, properly post exit signage, provide employees exposed to battery acid with protective gloves as well as an eye wash and eye protection, require employees exposed to hazards that could cause foot injuries to wear appropriate foot protection, provide forklift training, provide refresher training to employees operating forklifts in an unsafe manner, provide hazard communication training, ensure effective closure of unused breaker openings and provide material safety data sheets for sulfuric acid. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious ph