OSHA Fines High for Repeat Violations
OSHA continued doling out increased fines this week, issuing citations to a New Jersey company for lack of fall protection (repeat) for $124,709 and lack of PPE (repeat) for $97,988.
"Frame Q continues to jeopardize the safety of its employees by not providing basic safety equipment that saves lives," said Lisa Levy, director of OSHA's Hasbrouck Heights Area Office. "Falls are the number one killer of workers in the construction industry. By not complying with OSHA safety standards, this company is not upholding its legal responsibility to provide employees with a safe workplace, which is unacceptable."
In Georgia, a textile company faces almost $318,000 in fines for citations including failure to maintain an effective hearing conservation program ($48,994), lack of forklift training ($12,471), and lack of energy control procedures ($68,591).
"The issuance of repeated citations is a clear indication that Columbia Recycling continues to ignore OSHA's safety standards and lacks concern to protect workers at this facility," said Christi Griffin, OSHA's director of the Atlanta-West Office. "Employers need to be proactive and should not wait for an OSHA inspection to assess and correct workplace safety hazards."