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OSHA Proposes Nearly $89K Penalty After Finding EO Concrete Manufacturer Again Exposed Workers to Airborne Silica

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EAST ORANGE, NJ - East Orange based County Concrete Corp. located at 64 Glenwood Pl. was recently issued citations by the the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted an inspection on July 19, 2016 as a follow-up to the settlement of citations the company received back in 2013. The agency issued citations to County Concrete in 2013 for 18 safety and health violations, and assessed $153,900 in penalties.

The agency cited the repeated violation because the company again failed to conduct annual tests to ensure that respirators fit employees properly while they were cleaning concrete mixers. Silica exposure can cause serious illnesses and damage to the respiratory system.

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The failure-to-abate violations involved the company’s failure to:

Develop and implement a written respiratory protection program for employees required to wear respirators during concrete mixer cleaning operations.   

Provide medical evaluations for employees required to wear respirators to determine their ability to use them without their health being compromised. 

These violations also were previously cited on Sept. 30, 2013.

“Our follow-up inspection found that two County Concrete employees were exposed to silica above the permissible limit as they cleaned concrete mixers. In 2013, OSHA cited this company for these same hazards,” said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office. 

“Employers must bear the responsibility of fully complying with respiratory protection requirements to protect the safety and health of their workers.”

The employer has 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.  

To ask questions; obtain compliance assistance; file a complaint; or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency’s Parsippany office at 973-263-1003.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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