NJ Can Maker Faces Noise Hazards
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 09:10 AM gHale
Allstate Can Corp. is facing $104,220 in fines for five health and safety violations at its Parsippany, NJ, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Investigators issued citations for one willful violation and four serious violations.
OSHA’s inspection began March 24, after investigators noted noise hazards during an inspection. They found the company failed to institute a hearing conservation program, and failed to provide annual hearing tests for all employees exposed to excessive noise.
Allstate Can neglected to retrain workers who suffered hearing loss, and did not refit them with hearing protection or refer workers for a medical examination, investigators said. The agency also found the company exposed employees to high noise levels in the production area.
“Twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Exposure to sustained loud noise kills the inner ear’s nerve endings, and leads to permanent hearing loss that neither surgery nor medicine can correct,” said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office. “Despite knowing the requirement for annual hearing tests, Allstate Can failed to take the proper steps to protect workers from hearing loss, which is unacceptable.”