NJ worker crushed in a conveyor belt; no machine guarding
OSHA has cited a demolition and concrete recycling company in Newark with 11 serious safety violations. The New Jersey company uses two names: T. Fiore Demolition Inc. and T. Fiore Recycling Corp. OSHA initiated an investigation following the death of a worker who was crushed in a conveyor belt. The company failed to install machine guarding prior to allowing the worker to operate alongside the conveyor system.
The serious violations involve inadequate guardrails; inadequate grab bars on fixed ladders; a lack of safe access to scaffolds; unsafe debris accumulation on scaffold platforms, which creates trip and fall hazards; a lack of "lockout/tagout" training and procedures for machines' energy sources as well as not providing lockout/tagout devices to workers who service dangerous equipment; unguarded moving machine parts, belts and pulleys; and the improper storage of compressed gasses.
"This tragedy could have been prevented if the company had followed OSHA's guidelines and installed machine guarding on its conveyor system," said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA's Parsippany Area Office.
T. Fiore employs 33 workers at the facility. Proposed penalties total $47,600.