A transportation company faces $437,860 in federal penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated its Paulsboro, NJ, location and found workplace safety and health hazards.
OSHA initiated its inspection of Dana Container in July 2023 in response to an employee complaint that alleged safety and health deficiencies. The agency cited the company for one willful violation because they did not properly maintain safety data sheets for chemicals, including corrosive.
Three repeat violations involved:
- chemical container labels that were not updated and, therefore, workers were not made aware of the names of new chemicals;
- eyewash stations that were not properly maintained and
- medical evaluations that were not conducted for workers before respirator use.
OSHA previously cited Dana Container in 2019 and 2023 for similar violations. Four serious citations were also issued because the company failed to inspect hoists, establish a written hazard communication program, and ensure safety requirements were met using a lifeline fall protection system.
"Dana Container continues to jeopardize the well-being of its workers by repeatedly disregarding federal safety and health laws and standards," said OSHA Area Office Director Paula Dixon-Roderick in Marlton, New Jersey. "The company must address these violations immediately to fulfill its legal obligation to provide a safe and healthful workplace."
Dana Container Inc. is a nationwide transportation company whose principal business is leasing transportation equipment and operating tank truck washes.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.