Explosion, Chemical Hazards at Nail Polish Maker

Monday, December 29, 2014 @ 03:12 PM gHale


Permanent and temporary workers suffered exposure to workplace dangers, including chemical hazards and vapors from flammable liquids, at a Fiabila USA Inc. facility in Mine Hill, NJ, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Following a complaint, an inspection in May by OSHA, inspectors found Fiabila workers and temporary workers employed by two staffing agencies ended up exposed to hazards and other dangerous safety and health violations at the plant. The inspection resulted in 30 OSHA citations against the nail polish manufacturer and staffing agencies. Penalties total $139,200.

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Fiabila faces $109,200 in penalties for 23 serious and two other-than-serious violations, which exposed plant employees to fire, explosion and safety and health hazards related to flammable chemicals. Inspectors found Fiabila stored thousands of pounds of flammable liquids on-site in indoor storage tanks. One tank overflowed in July 2014 because of a disabled or broken safety mechanism.

JobConnection Services Inc. in Dover provided general labor staff to the nail polish manufacturing plant and faces $18,000 in fines for three serious violations. Joulé Clinical & Scientific Staffing Solutions, a division of System One, provided employees at Fiabila’s quality control laboratory. The agency’s Parsippany office received for two serious citations, carrying a $12,000 penalty. Both staffing agencies ended up cited for failure to train temporary workers on chemical hazards, emergency action plans and proper respirator use.

“Whether temporary or permanent, workers have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. Staffing agencies and host employers are joint employers of temporary workers. Both are responsible for providing and maintaining safe working conditions free of potentially fatal hazards,” said Kris Hoffman, director of Parsippany’s Area Office.

Inspectors also found significant deficiencies in Fiabila’s process safety management, lockout/tagout and respiratory protection programs. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.



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