Safas solid surface fined $135,000 by OSHACLIFTON, NJ -- Safas Corporation, a manufacturer of solid surface materials, has been ciited for 20 workplace safety and health violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

Proposed penalties total $135,000.
OSHA initiated a Jan. 31 investigation based on a referral from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which alleged strong solvent odors. 

Two willful violations with $84,000 in penalties involve the company's failure to provide workers with forklift training and a hearing conservation program.

Eighteen serious violations with $51,000 in penalties include damaged and inadequate electrical equipment, the lack of a hoist safety latch, excessive noise exposure, blocked exits and an unsecured forklift propane cylinder.

Safas employs about 25 workers and manufactures materials that look similar to granite and are used by the fiberglass and cast polymer industries for kitchen and bath countertops, sinks and furniture.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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