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OSHA cites Verla for safety and health hazards following fire and explosion

NEW WINDSOR – The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited cosmetics manufacturer Verla International of New Windsor and proposed fines of $281,220 for failing to protect its employees from dangerous chemicals and other hazards.

OSHA investigated last November’s fire and explosion that claimed the life of one of Verla’s employees.

The company was cited for 11 violations for fall, and compressed air hazards, and for failing to ensure proper electrical grounding and bonding to prevent flammable vapors from igniting; properly dispose of flammable materials; develop and implement an emergency response plan; provide employees with first responder awareness level training; and record a workplace fatality in its OSHA 300 illness and injury log.

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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