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Cabinet Manufacturer Cited in Chemical Exposure Incident

A company that designs custom cabinets faced heavy fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the way it was handling methylene chloride. Methylene chloride is a common solvent used in industrial settings. It is also a known carcinogen, so workers who suffer repeated exposure can develop cancer, or other harmful effects on

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OSHA Issues Fines for Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure

In 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) determined that UniFirst Corp. had exposed its employees to bloodborne pathogens and lead at its New Jersey facility. UniFirst is a uniform laundering company that processes dirty lab coats and other protective clothing from customers who draw and handle blood regularly. The facility also handled uniforms

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Are OSHA’s Chemical Exposure Regulations Outdated?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is launching a national campaign to help prevent occupational illnesses from harmful chemical exposure. Are Hazardous Chemicals Dangerous for Workers? There are currently tens of thousands of chemicals being used in American workplaces, many of which are considered harmful. Ammonia, a common chemical used for refrigeration, is toxic

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Foam Plant Explosion Leads to Toxic Chemical Scare

An explosion in Moonachie, New Jersey injured four workers and rattled the windows of nearby neighborhoods. Public health officials arrived quickly to investigate, due to concerns about a toxic chemical that may have been released during the blast. The Crest Foam Industries plant on Carol Place manufactures a variety of foam products, including microphone covers

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Processing Plant Loses OSHA Appeal Process

In May 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited MB Consultants Ltd. (also operating under the name Murray’s Chickens) for several health violations, after the company failed to train its employees about hazardous chemical exposure. At MB’s chicken processing plant in South Fallsburg, New York, workers disinfected chicken carcasses with chlorine bleach and

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Construction Company Fined for Hazardous Scaffolding

Fall hazards kill and injure more construction workers than any other workplace hazard. Falls are common from roofs and unprotected skylights, but scaffolds and other temporary structures can be dangerous too. Workers at Y.V. Construction Corp. received numerous safety citations after safety inspectors discovered that employees were being exposed to scaffold and fall hazards while

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Film Pak Extrusion LLC Fined For Amputation Hazards

Film Pak Extrusion LLC was cited for a dozen serious safety violations and at least one willful violation after employees were exposed to amputation hazards. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the plant’s inadequate machine guarding led to the willful violation. Unguarded industrial machinery can cause crushing injuries, lacerations and, most seriously,

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How Does OSHA Regulate Dangerous Chemicals?

Ammonia and other hazardous chemicals are essential to certain industries, but facilities handling large amounts are constantly at risk for leaks, spills and other forms of harmful exposure. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed a specific set of rules called Process Safety Management (PSM) to govern the use of harmful chemicals in the

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Meet the Workers’ Comp Attorneys at Spevack Law Firm

Workers’ comp benefits are an important safety net to protect employees after a workplace injury. In New Jersey, every employer must have some form of workers’ comp insurance in case an employee is injured. These benefits can help workers cope with lost wages, medical bills and rehabilitation costs while they recover, but not every claim

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OSHA Cites Prison Healthcare Provider for Inadequate Safety Measures

Corizon Health Inc. provides medical, dental and psychiatric services to inmates at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Due to the harsh environment, employees who worked at the facility were regularly threatened and even physically assaulted by inmates. From 2011 to 2013, violent incidents against Corizon employees rose from eight to 39. An inmate locked one worker

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