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Region 2 News Release: 11-1660-NEW (osha 11-151)
Nov. 21, 2011
Contact: Joanna Hawkins    Leni Fortson
Phone: 215-861-5101    215-861-5102
Email: hawkins.joanna@dol.gov    uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA fines Paterson, NJ, company $126,000 for
failing to guard machines and exposing workers to fall and electrical hazards

PATERSON, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Supply Plus NJ Inc. with one willful, 25 serious and two other-than-serious safety violations in response to a complaint alleging imminent danger for failing to guard machines and exposing workers to fall and electrical hazards at the company's Paterson facility. Proposed penalties total $126,000.

A May inspection revealed one willful violation, with a $42,000 penalty, for failing to provide machine guarding. 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 serious violations, with $84,000 in penalties, include failing to keep work areas and passageways free of litter; provide guardrail protection, guard machines and electrical boxes; provide an eyewash station; provide personal protective equipment for workers handling chemicals; provide industrial truck and hazardous communication training; ensure exit routes were unobstructed and visibly marked; make sure exit doors could open properly; cover electrical panel boards supplying power for equipment and lighting; properly use flexible cords; implement a lockout/tagout program for energy sources to prevent machines from accidentally starting up during servicing and maintenance; perform workplace hazards assessment and develop a written hazardous communication program. A serious violation