OSHA fines North Bergen laundry facility $219,000 for workers violations

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently cited a Jersey City laundry company for safety violations at its facility in North Bergen and proposed penalties of $219,000, reports North Jersey News.

OSHA cited Prestige Industries LLC's North Bergen location with four "repeat" violations that carry a $185,000 penalty and five "serious" safety violations carrying a $33,500 penalty. The action was the result of an investigation, initiated by a complaint, from October 2012 to March 2013. The company had been cited for the violations previously in the past five years, include failing to protect workers from unguarded machinery, to establish a lockout/tagout program and procedures for controlling energy sources, and to provide energy control training for workers who maintain the machines. The serious violations stemmed from electrical hazards, an inadequate confined space program and not identifying permit-required confined spaces, and not having a hazard communication program, training and material safety data sheets. The company has 15 business days to comply and pay the proposed penalty, ask to meet with the OSHA area director, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent OSHA Review Commission. This is the second North Jersey laundry company that OSHA has recently cited for safety infractions. Read more