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News from Nearby: Tire Store in Westfield Cited for Serious Safety Violations, Department of Labor Says

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Department of Labor proposed a fine of more than $100,000 to Mavis Discount Tires at 343 South Ave. East in Westfield (part of STS Tire & Auto Center) after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that the employer violated several safety regulations, the DOL has announced.

OSHA identified serious violations and cited them for  lack of exit signs,  failure to properly store compressed gas cylinders, not providing guardrails on an open-sided platform nine feet above ground level, failure to train workers on chemical safety hazards, and to provide Safety Data Sheets when requested, it said.  OSHA inspectors also issued a repeat citation for obstructed exit routes, a violation for which the agency cited Mavis previously in May 2015, it said.

“The hazards cited at Mavis Tires Westfield location pose serious safety and health dangers to employees. Improperly stored gas cylinders can leak or explode, unmarked exits can lead to disaster during an emergency and missing guardrails on raised platforms creates the potential for dangerous falls,” Patricia Jones, director of OSHA’s Avenel Area Office, said in a statement. “This employer needs to address these issues and the other OSHA violations our inspectors found before someone is hurt or killed.”

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The DOL proposed a fine of $103,331 and gave the employer 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.  

A Mavis spokesperson did not yet respond to a request for comment. 

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