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New Jersey Laundries Fined for Workplace Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined a New Jersey laundry for significant workplace safety violations. The proposed fine is $219, 000. Prestige Industries LLC was charged with four repeat violations at its North Bergen plant. OSHA also issued five serious safety violations. These actions were the result of an investigation prompted by a complaint

The company had previously received violations for failing to protect workers from unguarded machinery, failing to establish a lockout/tagout program, failing to develop procedures and training to control energy sources such as electricity. OSHA cited the company with the same violations in 2012.

The reason for the 2012 violations was the death of a worker at the company's Bay Shore, New York, plant. The employee was crushed to death in an unguarded conveyor-belt machine.

According to Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA's Parsippany office, violations represent significant safety risks to employees.

Another laundry facility in New Jersey also faces OSHA workplace safety violations. Brite Services in Paterson was fined up to $164,000 in March for 39 safety and health violations. The company has stated that the penalty was excessive.

Source: NorthJersey.com, "OSHA fines North Bergen laundry facility $219,000 for workers violations,"