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Transportation company fined £350,000 after workers exposed to safety, health hazards

06 February 2024

A transportation company is facing $437,860 (£348,212) in federal penalties after an investigation by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found workplace safety and health hazards at its site in Paulsboro, New Jersey.

OSHA initiated its inspection of Dana Container in July 2023 in response to an employee complaint that alleged safety and health deficiencies. The agency cited the company for one wilful violation because they did not properly maintain safety data sheets for chemicals, including corrosives.

Three repeat violations involved chemical container labels that were not updated and, therefore, workers were not made aware of the names of new chemicals; eyewash stations that were not properly maintained; and medical evaluations that were not conducted for workers prior to respirator use.

OSHA previously cited Dana Container in 2019 and 2023 for similar violations. Four serious citations were also issued because the company failed to inspect hoists, establish a written hazard communication program and ensure safety requirements were met during use of a lifeline fall protection system.

"Dana Container continues to jeopardize the well-being of its workers by repeatedly disregarding federal safety and health laws and standards," said OSHA Area Office Director Paula Dixon-Roderick in Marlton, New Jersey. "The company must address these violations immediately to fulfil its legal obligation to provide a safe and healthful workplace."

Dana Container Inc. is a nationwide transportation company whose principal business is to lease transportation equipment and operate tank truck washes.

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