Repair company fined for neglecting chains

A New Jersey, USA-based bus and engine repair company has been fined $55,000 for two ‘alleged wilful violations’ due to the company’s ‘failure to regularly inspect hooks and hoist chains,’ according to an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) spokesperson. Wilful violations are those committed with ‘intentional disregard or plain indifference to the occupational safety and health act,’ she said.

The company, Atlantic Detroit Diesel Allison LLC, was also fined $80,000 for 33 alleged serious violations for inadequate lock out/tag-out procedures, failing to properly maintain and use fire extinguishers, deficient hazardous chemical procedures and inadequate medical surveillance for employees exposed to hazardous chemicals.

‘Atlantic Detroit Diesel-Allison is committed to the health and safety of all of its workers,’ the company’s president and CEO, John F. Farmer, said in a written statement to local paper The Record. ‘We cooperated fully with the OSHA inspections of our bus service center in Lodi that took place last summer, and we hope to reach an amicable resolution of the alleged violations.’