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Furniture Company fined 123K due to multiple health and safety violations

A New Jersey furniture manufacturer has reached a settlement with a federal safety agency to pay $123,000 and fix a slew of health and safety violations, including exposing workers to a cancer-causing chemical.

North Arlington, New Jersey-based Sterling Seating Inc. manufactures commercial furniture for restaurants, bars and churches. It agreed to correct hazards found during a 2015 safety inspection. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors issued more than 40 citations.

OSHA’s regional administrator in New York, Robert Kulick, says the settlement “will go a long way in ensuring that Sterling Seating workers are protected from exposure” to “potentially deadly” methylene chloride.

Among other things, the company agreed to install a new ventilation system, conduct air monitoring and offer employee training on using methylene chloride.

Many work related injuries are the result of Employer’s failure to keep a safe work environment and conditions. Employers need to follow safety rules and regulations to ensure safety for all their employee’s. Unfortunately, safety hazards are not corrected until after an accident occurs and an employer is cited by OSHA.

If you or a family member has been involved in a work related injury and believe the employer contributed to the accident because of a breach in safety regulations, you should speak with an experienced attorney who handles workers compensation claims. Attorney Michael Smith has over 2 decades of experience handling work related injuries for his clients.

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