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OSHA cites Jersey City firm with 36 violations

May 18, 2010
JERSEY CITY — A Jersey City manufacturer has been cited for three dozen violations and fined nearly $160,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor''s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), according to The Jersey Journal.
Importers Service Corp. failed to lock out energy sources and exposed workers during the maintenance and repair of equipment to potential injuries, the article stated.
OSHA initiated its inspection on November 10 as part of a program designed for industries with high injury and illness rates.
The company, which OSHA says has 36 employees, received citations for two willful violations, with a penalty of $98,000; 33 serious violations, with a penalty of $60,500; and one other-than-serious violation, which carries no penalty, the article noted.
According to the article, the serious violations include a lack of training, electrical hazards, inadequate personal protective equipment, failing to implement an adequate hazard communication and respiratory protection program and failing to properly handle confined spaces.
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