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Sodexo fined for serious safety hazards

July 27, 2010
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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the agency responsible for enforcing standards for workplace safety and health, has cited Sodexo for violations of nine separate safety hazards involving building cleaning and maintenance services that endangered workers and could have harmed students, according to a press release.
A supervisor within the South Plainfield School District alerted OSHA of these dangers, all of which were classified as "serious," meaning there was a "substantial probability that death or serious injury could occur from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known," the release stated.
The citations against Sodexo include:
  • Improper labeling of information when using dangerous chemicals
  • Unsafe storage of flammable and combustible liquids
  • Exposed live parts of electronic equipment
  • Failure to assure that workers'' have protective equipment
  • Failing to assure employees receive adequate training
  • Requiring workers to operate industrial trucks without testing their ability to so do safely
"It seems to me that Sodexo has failed to meet its obligation to keep New Jersey students safe," said US Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee.
The Sodexo cleaning and maintenance workers in South Plainfield do not belong to a union, the release noted.
Click here to read the complete release.
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