Warehouse operator cited in worker’s electrocution death
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- The owner of a central New Jersey warehouse where a worker was electrocuted last year is now facing $63,000 in proposed penalties following a federal investigation.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday that Seldat Distribution was cited for 10 "serious" safety violations at its South Brunswick site. A serious violation occurs when there's a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard that an employer knew about or should have known.
The alleged violations included improper installation and use of listed equipment and wiring that wasn't protected from abrasions.
Inspectors also identified inappropriately narrow, blocked exit routes, obstructed aisles and passageways and unstable storage of materials and products.
Once Seldat receives the citations and the proposed penalties, it will have 15 business days to comply with OSHA's orders or contest its findings.