County Concrete Corp. was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after an inspection dating back to July 19, 2016. This was based on citations dating back to 2013 when the company was cited for 18 workplace safety and health violations and racked up $153,900 in penalties.
After the inspection in July, OSHA issued citations alleging one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations. As a result of these citations, reports indicate County Concrete Corp is now facing $88,544 in penalties.
OSHA said County Concrete Corp has neglected to conduct annual safety tests to ensure proper fitting of respirators for employees. Proper fitting of respirators reduces the risk of silica exposure in the cleaning of concrete mixers.
OSHA also said the company failed to implement some sort of respiratory protection program and failed to provide medical evaluations for employees required to wear respirators.
Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office, said, “Our follow-up inspection found that two County Concrete employees were exposed to silica above the permissible limit as they cleaned concrete mixers. In 2013, OSHA cited this company for these same hazards. Employers must bear the responsibility of fully complying with respiratory protection requirements to protect the safety and health of their workers.”
The company had 15 days from the receipt of the citations to accept or contest the penalties, or request a meeting with OSHA officials.
OSHA is a federal agency that, along with state partners, have roughly 2,220 inspectors tasked with the safeguarding the safety and health of 130 million workers.
In 2015, OSHA conducted 35,820 federal inspections and 43,471 state inspections.
Among the leading violations noted by OSHA during inspection are: