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OSHA Fines New Jersey Landscaping Firm for Safety Violations

Two dead in carbon monoxide accident

August 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited AJR Landscaping Inc. for multiple safety violations for exposing workers to carbon monoxide.

OSHA initiated an investigation of the Creskill, N.J.-based landscaping firm after the Washington Township New Jersey Police Department notified the agency of the death of two AJR employees. According to the police report, the workers died due to carbon monoxide exposure after a gasoline-powered lawnmower was started inside an enclosed company trailer at a jobsite.

AJR has received serious citations form OSHA for exposing employees to the deadly gas and for failing to provide proper training. The company faces a penalty of more than US$17,000. Learn how to create a safety plan for your worksite and reduce the risk of employee injury.

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