What began as an investigation into a foul odor recently turned into something far worse for a Clifton company that makes kitchen countertops.
Complaints about a strong solvent smell prompted a visit by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to Safas Corporation’s plant in Clifton. After officials looked around, they called the federal OSHA.
OSHA then followed its nose to find $135,000 worth of willful and serious violations. None had anything to do with the original stench.
Willful violations involved inadequate forklift training and hearing protection—resulting in $84,000 in fines. Eighteen serious violations—for everything from faulty electrical equipment and unsecured propane tanks to blocked exits—added another $51,000 in fines.
Note: Employers should regularly check their workplace conditions against OSHA standards.