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U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Contractor For Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards in Lakewood

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a New Jersey contractor for exposing employees to fall hazards at a work site in Lakewood. The company, Navy Contractors Inc., faces $84,183 in penalties for repeat and serious safety violations.

OSHA conducted an investigation in January 2019 after an inspector observed Navy Contractors’ employees performing roofing activities without fall protection. OSHA cited the company for failing to provide fall protection, ensure employees wore hardhats, train employees on ladder safety, and prevent the use of damaged ladders. OSHA previously cited the employer for similar violations in 2018 at sites in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“Failure to comply with OSHA fall protection requirements jeopardizes the safety of workers,” said OSHA Marlton Area Director Paula Dixon-Roderick. “Fall hazards are well known, but they can be eliminated when workers are trained and protective equipment is used properly.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for American working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.

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