The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued an October 19th news release alleging various violations associated with the renovation of a New Glarus, Wisconsin nursing home.

The agency alleges that A&A Environmental Services, Inc. (“A&A”) committed four willful and nine serious health violations.

The violations alleged included:

  • Failure to monitor carbon monoxide exposure for workers inside an asbestos containment area
  • Violation of required procedures for safe handling of a known carcinogen

Additional alleged violations related to asbestos included:

  • Failure to provide a separate room for asbestos containment equipment
  • Failure to create a decontamination area with a separate area for employees to shower and remove work clothing before leaving the worksite
  • Failure to ensure employees did not consume beverages inside an asbestos containment area
  • Failure to monitor worksites for carbon monoxide exposure
  • Failure to train workers on carbon monoxide hazards
  • Failure to smoke test the containment area and glove bags used to contain asbestos
  • Failure to provide ground fault circuit interrupters indie containment areas where wet techniques are used for asbestos removal
  • Failure to provide medical evaluation and fit-testing for employees required to use respirators

OSHA is proposing penalties of $243,716.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

A copy of the news release with links to the alleged violations can be found here.