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OSHA fines fabricators for alleged safety violations

Keywords: Tags  Juniper Elbow, Rothe Welding, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, OSHA, safety violations, Kay Gee, Kim Castillon, Samuel Frizell

NEW YORK — Two fabricators, Juniper Elbow Co. Inc. and Rothe Welding Inc., have been fined a total of more than $160,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for alleged safety violations.

Queens, N.Y.-based Juniper Elbow was cited for allegedly failing to properly train, fit-test and medically evaluate workers who wear respirators, provide hazard communication training and prove that a hazard assessment had been conducted, all repeat violations. It also was cited for allegedly failing to train forklift operators and inadequately protecting workers from chemical exposure and noise, and was assessed a penalty of $108,900.

"Our inspection uncovered recurring hazards, from exposure to high noise levels and hazardous chemicals to lack of proper protective equipment, training and information that would help workers to protect themselves," Kay Gee, OSHA’s area director for Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn, said in a statement.

Saugerties, N.Y.-based Rothe Welding was assessed a penalty of $52,280 for allegedly not providing workers with information and training about lead and other substance hazards and for not having an adequate respirator protection program, both repeat violations. It also was cited for alleged violations of respirator maintenance and communications about lead exposure.

"Despite having sufficient time to correct all hazards cited during the previous inspection, this employer failed to do so," Kim Castillon, OSHA’s area director in Albany, N.Y., said in a statement. "In addition, other hazards were allowed to recur, and new hazards were identified."

Juniper Elbow declined to comment, and Rothe Welding could not be reached.

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