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Region 2 News Release: 14-1293-NEW (osha 14-069)
July 22, 2014
Contact: Joanna Hawkins      Leni Fortson
Phone: 215-861-5101      215-861-5102
Email: hawkins.joanna@dol.gov      uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov

United Airlines cited at Newark, N.J., airport for repeat and serious safety
Company faces $101,300 penalty following OSHA inspection

NEWARK, N.J. – United Airlines Inc. has exposed ground operation workers at the Newark airport to hazardous conditions, prompting the U.S. Department of Labor"s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue 16 citations and propose penalties of $101,300.

The safety violations were found during a January 2014 inspection that is part of an OSHA effort to focus on workplaces with high rates of injuries and illness. The inspection found three repeat violations that had been discovered by OSHA during inspections in 2011 and 2013.

"United Airlines should immediately address these safety violations to prevent worker injuries and ensure a safe workplace," said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA"s Parsippany Area Office. "These workers face electrical hazards, falls, and being struck-by objects and equipment daily. Their safety is critical. Airline ground operations safety is of vital importance, not only to the workers, but to the millions of Americans who depend on air travel every day."

Carrying a $55,000 penalty, the repeat violations were cited for United Continental Holdings Inc."s failing to clearly mark exits located inside facilities where food service employees, baggage h