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NJ Commercial Laundry Facility Fined for LOTO Failures

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Lyndhurst, NJ – Prestige Industries LLC of Lyndhurst (NJ) is being cited for nine violations related to worker safety and health at its facility in Paterson (NJ) where the company launders fabrics for the hotel industry, and faces proposed fines of $305,000. These fines and violations are similar to those found after an employee death in 2011.

OSHA received a complaint from a Prestige employee. Upon investigation, the agency determined that employees in the facility faced hazards similar to those previously found at its Bay Shore, N.Y., location, where a 24-year-old worker was caught in an unguarded conveyor-belt machine and crushed to death in 2011.

“It is unacceptable when a company continues to neglect basic safety and health procedures, especially after experiencing a fatality,” said Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York. “Prestige Industries’ deliberate failure to uphold its responsibility to provide a safe and healthful workplace is an indication that worker safety and health is not a priority.”

OSHA cited the Prestige for one willful violation for lack of lockout/tagout procedures, which prevent the accidental start-up or movement of machinery; three repeated violations that include failure to train employees on the purpose and function of an energy-control program; failure to provide machine guarding and failure to provide lockout/tagout devices on machinery; and five serious safety and health violations that include unsafe exit routes, electrical hazards and no established respiratory protection program.

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