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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Feds: Olivet knowingly exposed workers to asbestos

Today's post was shared by FairWarning and comes from www.poughkeepsiejournal.com
The Department of Labor citation can be viewed in full at poughkeepsiejournal.com
The new owner of a long-empty former state hospital in the Town of Dover must face charges lodged by the U.S. Department of Labor that it knowingly exposed workers to hazards of asbestos and lead.
Olivet was cited for 45 willful violations of rules relating to worker safety and one serious violation, the notice said. The investigation and citing were done by the Labor Departments Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
OSHA determined that Olivet knowingly failed to take basic safety precautions, the statement said. The company neither informed their own employees nor the contractors about the presence of asbestos and lead, despite knowing that both hazards existed. It did not provide training or notice or required protections, the agency said.
Anna Oh, a spokeswoman for Olivet, said, Olivet has been working together and cooperating with OSHA and other agencies to ensure that our employees work in a safe and healthful workplace.
We are reviewing the notice and will address the citations in a timely manner, and will look closely at them in the hope of working with the agency to resolve them, she said.
A formal response is due 15 days after the...
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