The New Jersey transportation firm faces a penalty of $437,000 imposed by the Department of Labor due to the discovery of employees being put at risk by both safety and health dangers at their Paulsboro location, as identified during inspections.

Transportation Company in Paulsboro, NJ Faces $437,860 in Federal Penalties for Safety and Health Hazards

A transportation company in Paulsboro, NJ is facing a hefty fine of $437,860 from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after an investigation found numerous workplace safety and health hazards at its Paulsboro site.

The investigation was initiated in July 2023 after an employee complaint was filed, alleging safety and health deficiencies at the company. As a result, OSHA cited the company for one willful violation for not properly maintaining safety data sheets for chemicals, including corrosives.

In addition, the company received three repeat violations for failing to update chemical container labels, which meant that workers were not aware of the names of new chemicals; not properly maintaining eyewash stations; and not conducting medical evaluations for workers prior to respirator use. These violations were similar to ones previously cited by OSHA in 2019 and 2023. Four serious citations were also issued for the company’s failure to inspect hoists, establish a written hazard communication program, and ensure safety requirements were met during the use of a lifeline fall protection system.

OSHA’s Area Office Director, Paula Dixon-Roderick, stated that “Dana Container continues to jeopardize the well-being of its workers by repeatedly disregarding federal safety and health laws and standards.” She emphasized the importance of the company addressing these violations immediately to fulfill its legal obligation of providing a safe and healthful workplace.

Dana Container Inc. is a nationwide transportation company that primarily leases transportation equipment and operates tank truck washes. The company has 15 business days to comply with the citations and penalties, request an informal conference with OSHA, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Employers can visit OSHA’s website for information on developing a workplace safety and health program, as well as contact the agency for free help on complying with OSHA standards. It is crucial for companies to prioritize the safety and health of their workers to avoid facing penalties and ensure a safe working environment.  

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