OSHA Cites N.J. Manufacturer For Safety, Health Violations

Feb. 16, 2001
OSHA cited Charles Beseler Co., Linden, N.J., and proposed\r\npenalties totaling $78,000 against the firm for 34 serious and five\r\nother-than-serious violations.

OSHA cited Charles Beseler Co., Linden, N.J., and proposed penalties totaling $78,000 against the firm for 34 serious and five other-than-serious violations of safety standards.

According to Robert Kulick, OSHA area director, the citations resulted from a safety and health inspection conducted from Aug. 18, 2000, through Jan. 26, 2001, following an employee complaint.

Following the two inspections, OSHA cited the company for a total of 34 serious violations, including:

failure to provide adequate fall protection during lifting operations when using fork lifts; and failure to provide forklift training and training certification to employees.

  • failure to maintain fire alarm systems.
  • failure to properly identify and arrange emergency exits.
  • failure to properly store and clean up combustible liquids and waste products.
  • failure to implement a lockout/tagout program to prevent unexpected start-up of machinery.

The employer was also cited for alleged other-than-serious violations, including:

  • failure to maintain safety eyewash in sanitary operating conditions.
  • failure to have a respirator program.
  • failure to monitor employees for lead exposure.
  • failure to train employees about the hazards of working with lead.

The company has until Feb. 27 to contest the citations.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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