OSHA Cites New Jersey Construction Company Following Employee Fatality

The company was cited by OSHA for using an improper lifting device and for failing to train employees on lifting equipment hazards. The company’s citations include one willful and three serious violations, and proposed penalties totaling $151,352.

OSHA has cited Blackwood-based AP Construction Inc. for safety violations following fatal injuries suffered by an employee while working on a Camden waterfront construction project.

Upon inspection, OSHA determined that an improper lifting device was used to place steel sheet piles for an elevator at the Camden Tower Project. While being moved, the sheet piles became disengaged and fatally struck an employee. The company was cited by OSHA for using an improper lifting device and for failing to train employees on lifting equipment hazards. The company’s citations include one willful and three serious violations, and proposed penalties totaling $151,352.

“This tragedy could have been prevented if proper safety standards were followed,” said Paula Dixon-Roderick, OSHA Marlton Area Office Director. “The equipment used was not configured to adequately handle the lifted material.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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