OSHA has cited Complete Liquidations, doing business as The Furniture Exchange, with four repeat and 13 serious violations at the company’s warehouse in New Brunswick, NJ. The agency's July investigation began in response to a complaint and resulted in proposed penalties totaling $71,280.

One year later...

The repeat violations, with a $41,580 penalty, include: failure to provide adequate work space near electrical equipment, maintain exit routes free of obstructions, keep spray booths free from storage, and label hazardous chemicals. The company was cited for the same violations in June 2012.

Lack of training, PPE earn citations

The serious violations, carrying $29,700 in penalties, include failure to:

  • Address hazards related to emergency exit routes and signs.
  • Maintain an emergency action plan, the use and maintenance of fire extinguishers, and housekeeping.
  • Complete a workplace hazard assessment.
  • Provide personal protective equipment and an eye wash station.
  • Train workers on the hazards of their workplace chemicals.
  • Provide training and conduct medical evaluations for employees required to use respirators.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.