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, OSHAs 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, OSHAs area
director in Albany, N.Y., said in a statement. "In addition,
other hazards were allowed to recur, and new hazards were
Juniper Elbow declined to
comment, and Rothe Welding could not be reached.