The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited A-Absolute Construction, based in Roselle, for numerous violations at a Parsippany worksite.
OSHA has had its eye on A-Absolute since 2008 when a trench collapse trapped a worker. One of the violations OSHA found in this inspection was a repeat violation from 2008.
In all, OSHA found three willful and six serious violations in addition to the repeat infraction.
The willful violations, totaling $128,700 in penalties, all involved unsafe excavation practices and improper trench cave-in protection.
The repeat violation carried a $9,240 penalty.
Serious violations cost the company $20,460 in penalties. OSHA says A-Absolute failed to train workers about safe trenching practices, didn’t properly control traffic near work sites and was lax when digging near utility lines. Citations also noted violations of hazardous-material training rules.
Note: OSHA fines can add up quickly. The good news is that repeat violations are usually completely avoidable.
Advice: Conduct after-action reviews following every OSHA inspection, even those that go well. Document any suggestions the inspector offers, and incorporate them into your ongoing safety practices. If you receive a citation, immediately implement relevant safety procedures.
Be proactive. Regularly review your entire operation with OSHA inspections in mind—and correct hazards before inspectors even have a chance to cite you.
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