OSHA fines Greystone Hospital Contractor

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PARSIPPANY — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a New York company, Northstar Contracting Group, with offices in East Hanover for $53,900 for exposing workers to falls while trimming trees at the former site of the Greystone Psychatric Hospital in Parsippany.

An investigation was initiated on October 7, 2014, after a compliance officer with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration observed imminent danger fall hazards while workers performed tree trimming activities from an aerial lift.

The company was cited for one willful violation for failure to provide fall protection for an employee working from an aerial lift. OSHA also cited one serious violation for an employee working on the ground in the vicinity of overhead tree trimming who was exposed to struck-by hazards from falling tree limbs, or head injury due to the lack of a protective helmet.

“It is no secret that falls are the leading cause of work-related fatalities, and the risk of falling is magnified for those working from aerial lifts during tree-trimming operations. This company’s failure to protect its workers from falls and other safety hazards is inexcusable,” said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.