Concrete Recycler Fined Following Employee Fatality

July 25, 2012

A New Jersey demolition and recycling company has been fined $47,600 for 11 serious safety violations following the death of a worker crushed in a conveyor belt. According to OSHA, who levied the fines, the company uses two names: T. Fiore Demolition Inc. and T. Fiore Recycling Corp.

The serious violations involve inadequate guardrails; inadequate grab bars on fixed ladders; a lack of safe access to scaffolds; unsafe debris accumulation on scaffold platforms, which creates trip and fall hazards; a lack of “lockout/tagout” training and procedures for machines’ energy sources as well as not providing lockout/tagout devices to workers who service dangerous equipment; unguarded moving machine parts, belts and pulleys; and the improper storage of compressed gasses. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer know or should have known.

“This tragedy could have been prevented if the company had followed OSHA’s guidelines and installed machine guarding on its conveyor system,” said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office. “Employers are responsible for ensuring safe and healthful workplaces, and will be held legally accountable when they fail to do so.”