U-Haul dealer cited by OSHA for exposing employees to asbestos

6 Jun 2018 by under News

home renovation flooring 100x100 U Haul dealer cited by OSHA for exposing employees to asbestosU-Haul Company of New York & Vermont, doing business as at Larkin District, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing its employees to asbestos and silica hazards while performing renovation work at its Buffalo facility.

The U-Haul dealer did not monitor the work area to determine if asbestos and crystalline silica were present, and failed to provide employees with respiratory protection, protective clothing, and training on asbestos and silica hazards; properly dispose of asbestos-containing materials; have a competent person oversee renovation work; and provide a decontamination room, OSHA inspectors reported.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used in a lot of building materials. Crystalline silica is also a mineral that is found in paint. Both minerals may become respirable size when workers chip, cut, drill or grind objects that contain them. Asbestos is a known carcinogen that can lead to malignant , a rare but deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or other organs. Crystalline silica has been linked to serious and sometimes fatal illnesses including silicosis, lung cancer, tuberculosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“Employers must monitor the work area for the presence of these highly hazardous substances, and put in place effective controls to protect employees from exposure,” said Michael Scime, OSHA Buffalo Area Office Director.

U-Haul Moving & Storage has 15 business days to comply with the citations and penalties, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings with an independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees, including protecting them from asbestos exposure.

The company faces $108,095 in proposed fines.

Source: OSHA

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