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Thursday, August 18, 2016

NJ Firm Cited for OSHA Violations - National Manufacturing Co.

National Manufacturing Co. exposes workers to chemical hazards,
workplace safety dangers at North Jersey facility

Flash fires at company lead to inspections, $56K in fines for 10 OSHA violations
Employer name: National Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Inspection site: 12 River Road, Chatham, New Jersey
Citations issued: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations for 10 serious safety violations on July 25, 2016.

Investigation findings: Borough of Chatham officials alerted OSHA after a flash fire burned an employee as the worker cleaned a degreasing tank at National Manufacturing on Jan. 29, 2016. The agency initiated a safety inspection on Feb. 1, 2016. The agency then opened a health inspection on Feb. 18, 2016, to evaluate chemical related health hazards after the safety inspection revealed the company's use of N-Propyl Bromide, also known as 1-Bromopropane, a chemical used to degrease metals, plastics and electronic and optical components.
Inspectors identified multiple workplace safety violations. They found the company:
  • Exposed employees to hazards related to N-Propyl Bromide.
  • Failed to provide fall protection for workers exposed to falls up to 7 feet.
  • Allowed electrical and housekeeping hazards.
  • Failed to medically evaluate and fit test employees using respirators.
Quote: "National Manufacturing Co. put workers in harm's way by not properly controlling chemical hazards at its facility in Chatham. We found the company's lack of effective hazard management relating to its degreasing system directly resulted in flash fires on Jan. 29 and Feb. 9, 2016, just 11 days apart," said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA's Parsippany Area Office. "This company must do what's right to protect its workers and provide a safe and healthy workplace."
Proposed penalties: $56,300
The citations can be viewed at: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/NationalManufacturing_1122937.pdf
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/NationalManufacturing_1126715.pdf

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