Safety Fines at Oaxaca’s NJ Facility

Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 05:05 PM gHale


Oaxaca Mexican Products is facing $112,700 in fines for 24 health and safety violations at its Passaic, NJ, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA issued citations for one willful, 20 serious and three other-than-serious violations.

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OSHA investigators opened an inspection on May 3 in response to a complaint on unsafe conditions in the facility, including blocked fire exits.

Inspectors issued a willful citation after finding an exit door and route obstructed by locking devices that require special knowledge and tools to open in case of emergency. OSHA cited the company previously for the same type of condition on the same door.

Serious citations were for the following:
• Fall hazards
• Inadequate and improper exit signage
• Lack of machine guarding
• Improper spliced electrical cable
• Failure to have a written hazard assessment and a hazard communication program
• Lack of eye-wash facilities where employees use corrosive chemicals
• Lack of Material Safety Data Sheets
• Lack of training regarding hazardous chemicals used in the workplace

“The fact that Oaxaca has again put its employees’ lives at risk by not making sure a fire safety door was easily opened is completely unacceptable,” said Lisa Levy, director of OSHA’s Hasbrouck Heights Area Office. “In this day and age, providing employees with proper emergency exits is safety 101.”