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Kearny manufacturer of swimming pool chemicals is facing $70,000 in OSHA fines for workplace hazards

 
Friday, February 11, 2011
By MICHAELANGELO CONTE
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

KEARNY - A town manufacturer of swimming pool chemicals faces up to $70,000 in penalties after being cited for workplace hazards by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, officials said Monday.

"Employers who fail to follow through on their responsibility to provide safe workplaces will be held legally accountable," said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA's Parsippany office in a press release regarding Kearny-based Alden Leeds Inc. "It is vital that Alden Leeds remove these hazards immediately."

The most serious citations are for failing to ensure workers being lifted by a forklift had an approved manlift cage; failing to provide sufficient guardrails on work platforms; failing to keep exits clear and mark exit doors; failing to provide stable material storage and failing to evaluate forklift operators every three years, officials said.

Other serious citations were for failure to conduct a preventative maintenance program for 2-ton cranes; failure to ensure compressed air used for cleaning did not exceed 30 pounds per square inch; and failure to ensure workers did not use damaged electrical equipment, official said.

A representative of Alden Leeds said the company would not be commenting on the violations.