OSHA Cites NJ Concrete Recycler

Agency investigates T. Fiore Demolition after worker killed at plant.

August 6, 2012
CDR Staff
Legislation & Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Newark, N.J., concrete recycling company with 11 serious safety violations after a worker fatality.

The company operates under two names: T. Fiore Demolition Inc. and T. Fiore Recycling Corp. According to an OSHA news release, the agency began an investigation of the company following the death of a worker who was crushed in a conveyor belt. OSHA notes that the company failed to install machine guarding prior to allowing the worker to operate alongside the conveyor system.

OSHA says 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," says Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA's Parsippany, N.J., Area Office. "Employers are responsible for ensuring safe and healthful workplaces, and will be held legally accountable when they fail to do so."

Proposed penalties for the company total $47,600.