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.