Rasi Laboratories Inc. has accrued $210,000 in citations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after they failed to correct serious safety violations from a previous inspection.
OSHA inspectors conducted the first investigation in August 2012 at the company’s facility in Somerset, and issued seven violations with fines totaling $23,100.
According to the OSHA report, employers at Rasi Laboratories Inc. were cited for failing to protect workers from dangerous noise levels that could cause permanent hearing loss, in addition to failing to protect them from dangerous equipment.
In October 2013, inspectors conducted a follow-up investigation to make sure the facility had addressed the issues in which they were cited by OSHA.
OSHA investigators found that the facility had failed to put a continual and effective hearing conservation program in place for workers who are consistently exposed to noise levels above 85 decibels. The company also failed to develop and implement lockout/tagout procedures to protect workers from dangerous machinery while it is being serviced.
Based on their failure to address these issues, OSHA cited the company for several failure-to-abate violations, which carry stiffer penalties and higher fines than the original citation. Rasi Laboratories Inc. has 15 days to comply with or contest the citations.
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OSHA does their best to make sure that all employees work in a safe and hazard-free environment, but sometimes more action is needed. In many cases, workers lead the push for better working conditions and more accountability from management. If your employer is placing profits over your personal health, call Spevack Law Firm to discuss your workers comp case. Our experienced legal team knows the law and is here to help you.
[Did You Know: Since 2004, nearly 125,000 workers have suffered significant, permanent hearing loss due to hazardous workplace noise.]
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