Office Furniture Re-seller Slapped with $71,280 in OSHA Fines

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Complete Liquidations, operating as the Furniture X-Change, faces proposed penalties totaling $71,280 related to four repeat and 13 serious violations issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Office Furniture Re-seller Slapped with $71,280 in OSHA FinesOSHA did a follow-up inspection last July to one it conducted at the Furniture X-Change's warehouse in New Brunswick in June 2012. In addition to inventorying a vast selection of wood and upholstered office furniture, the facility does wood refinishing.

Inspectors determined that four safety hazards that were identified in the safety agency's June 2012 visit had not been fully addressed. These repeat violations include failure to:

  • provide adequate work space near electrical equipment;
  • maintain exit routes free of obstructions;
  • keep spray booths free from storage; and
  • label hazardous chemicals.

The serious violations, included failure to:

  • address hazards related to emergency exit routes and signs;
  • maintain an emergency action plan, the use and maintenance of fire extinguishers and housekeeping;
  • complete a workplace hazard assessment;
  • provide personal protective equipment and an eye wash station;
  • train workers on the hazards of their workplace chemicals; and
  • provide training and conduct medical evaluations for employees required to use respirators.

According to its website, Furniture X-Change stocks used task chairs, executive seating and desks, conference room furniture, office cubicles from manufacturers including Herman Miller, Steelcase, Knoll, Haworth and Bernhardt.


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