WOODRIDGE, NJ – Educational furniture maker Academia Furniture Industries LLC faces fines of $58,100 for 30 serious safety and health violations cited by the U.S Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
OSHA said its inspection of the contract furniture maker was part of February's Local Emphasis Program - Health High Hazard - Top 50*. "The multitude of safety and health hazards found at Academia Furniture Industries' facility is indicative of an ineffective injury and illness prevention program," said Lisa Levy, director of OSHA's Hasbrouck Heights Area Office, in a statement.
The serious violations included combustible dust, exposed electrical dangers and blocked fire exits. OSHA said Academia Furniture also did not have a hearing conservation program in place, provide guards for dangerous machines nor have a hazard communication plan. Two additional violations were cited due to the lack of a respirator protection program, according to OSHA's release.
Academia Furniture Industries has 15 business days from receipt of its 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.
According to the company's website, Academia Furniture has 85 employees. Based in Woodridge, NJ, the company is a fourth-generation family business.
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