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Bennett Heat Treating and Brazing Co. Inc. is facing $87,500 in fines for 30 safety violations at its Newark, New Jersey, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators issued citations to Bennett Heat Treating and Brazing Co. Inc. for one other-than-serious and 29 serious safety and health violations.

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OSHA initiated an inspection Jan. 8 as part of the agency’s Health-High-Hazard Top 50 Local Emphasis Program. A follow-up inspection to address multiple safety violations noted during the Jan. 8 inspection took place Feb. 23.

The agency cited the serious violations because the company exposed employees to approximately 9-foot falls, improperly stored compressed gases, multiple electrical hazards and used corrosive chemicals without a proper decontamination shower. Bennett also failed to properly label anhydrous ammonia and provide employees handling the gas with proper personal protective equipment, labeling, and emergency showers.

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“Bennett Heat Treating and Brazing Co. failed to follow required safety and health standards intended to protect its employees by preventing serious work-related injuries, long-term illnesses or worse,” said Brian Flynn, acting director at OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office. “Falls are one of the leading causes of workplace deaths and the improper use of compressed gases and chemicals can lead to disaster if not addressed. This employer must immediately address the hazards we identified.”

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