- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited New Jersey scrap metal recycler Park Stein Inc. with 16 violations and more than $121,000 in potential fines.
- Park Stein — which does business as Parkway Iron and Metal Company Inc. — failed to maintain a front-end loader safely and improperly stored compressed gas cylinders, OSHA found. The report also said the company didn't have adequate respiratory or hearing conservation programs.
- OSHA has also placed Park Stein in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The company has been cited for many of these issues in the past.
OSHA opened this inspection in December 2015 after the city of Clifton reported potential hazards at the facility, but it was already well-acquainted with the company. Park Stein was cited for 19 violations at a proposed cost of nearly $78,000 in May 2012. This came after previous violations in March 2010.
"Park Stein's regular use of a front-end loader that was so poorly maintained as to create a hazard to its employees reflects a willful lack of regard for the safety of employees at the facility," said Lisa Levy, director of OSHA's Hasbrouck Heights Area Office, in a press release.
Allowing these types of working conditions to exist, after repeated violations, contributes to negative public perception of the waste industry at a time when it's trying to emphasize safer practices.
To help increase transparency for potentially hazardous workplaces OSHA recently announced a new rule that will make injury and illness data public.