OSHA Cites N.J. Company for Workplace Hazards

January 5, 2005

The U.S. Department of Labors’ Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Atlantic Detroit Diesel Allison LLC for alleged safety and health violations at its Lodi, N.J. site. The company services and repairs bus engines and transmissions, employing 380 workers in Lodi and Piscataway, N.J.

“Strong enforcement is a key part of this Administration’s efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. “The significant penalty of $135,000 in this case demonstrates our commitment to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers.”

OSHA initiated an investigation on June 22 after receiving a complaint alleging that employees were exposed to diesel fumes, and that medical emergencies were not handled properly. Citations were issued to the company for two alleged willful violations, with a penalty of $55,000 and 33 alleged serious violations, with a penalty of $80,000.

The willful citations were due to the company’s reported failure to regularly inspect hooks and hoist chains. The serious citations include the company’s failure to utilize lockout/tagout procedures that prevent inadvertent machine start-ups, failure to properly maintain and use fire extinguishers, failure to properly maintain and service machinery, deficient hazardous chemical procedures, and inadequate medical surveillance for employees exposed to hazardous chemicals.

The company has 15 working days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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