NJ Fencing Company Fined $370K for Repeat OSHA Violations

The violations cover lockout/tagout procedures, machine guards, proper warehouse lighting, an obstructed loading dock and blocked electrical disconnects.

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Cropped LogoPENNSAUKEN, NJ — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again cited Aruvil International Inc. for multiple workplace violations — including four willful safety citations — at the company’s Pennsauken, NJ, facility. The commercial and residential fencing company faces $370,298 in penalties.

OSHA initiated an inspection in April 2019, as a follow-up to a prior inspection. OSHA cited Aruvil International Inc. for willfully violating federal standards related to lockout/tag out procedures to prevent machine startup, machine guards and proper warehouse lighting. OSHA also cited the company for an obstructed loading dock, and blocked electrical disconnects for forklift truck chargers.

“OSHA has inspected Aruvil International Inc. three times since 2015, and repeated violators cannot be tolerated,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “Employers who do not comply with the law will continue to see full and fair enforcement.”

“Employers must make worker safety its top priority,” said OSHA Area Director Paula Dixon-Roderick, in Marlton, NJ. “This company continues to expose employees to multiple safety and health deficiencies that put them at risk for serious or fatal injuries.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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