Jersey Shore Steel is facing $115,400 in fines for four violations, including three failure-to-abate citations, at its Jackson, NJ, facility, said officials at Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Proposed penalties came after OSHA’s follow-up inspection opened in April.

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“By not abating past violations, Jersey Shore Steel keeps its employees vulnerable to hazards that can cause injuries and, possibly, death,” said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA’s Marlton Area Office. “It’s vital to correct all hazards immediately to protect workers at the facility.”

The failure-to-abate notices, which carry $111,000 in penalties, relate to the company’s failure to develop and implement a written lockout/tagout program that prevents inadvertent machine start-up; require fork truck operators to have their performance evaluated at least once every three years; and train workers to use portable fire extinguishers. A failure-to-abate notice applies to a condition, hazard or practice, found upon reinspection after an employer failed to correct it after receiving a citation.

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The company also received a citation for one repeat violation, with a $4,400 penalty, due to the lack of machine guarding on a press brake. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously received a citation for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company received a similar violation in November 2012.

Jersey Shore Steel has requested an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Marlton.

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