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Dayton warehouse faces 63K in fines after electrocution incident

A Dayton distribution company faces $63,000 in fines after being cited for 10 violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the wake of an employee electrocution last year.OSHA began its probe of Seldat Distribution Inc. on Sept. 11, 2014, after an employee was injured by an improperly wired power conveyor system, the agency said in a news release.

According to a report on MyCentralJersey.com, a worker had to be resuscitated after getting shocked by the conveyor system in the warehouse at 15 Thatcher Road. He was hospitalized, but eventually released to recover at home.

OSHA’s investigation found serious violations, including electrical hazards such as improper installation of equipment, unprotected wiring, unclosed openings in electrical panels, using cords and cables instead of fixed wiring, and no strain relief for cords and cables.

“Electrical hazards are one of the most common issues impacting workers, and the dangers involved are hardly a secret to employers,” Patricia Jones, director of OSHA’s Avenel Area Office, said in a prepared statement. “This was a preventable tragedy.”

Also, OSHA said, it found narrow and blocked exits, obstructed aisles and passageways, unmounted and improperly marked fire extinguishers, and unstable storage of materials and products.

“For the safety and well-being of their employees,” Jones added, “Seldat Distribution must supply and ensure the use of proper safeguards and safety exits at its distribution warehouse.”

Seldat had 15 days from the receipt of the citations to accept or contest them, or request a meeting with the area director.

Seldat was also fined $52,000 by the South Brunswick fire marshal over the incident, MyCentralJersey.com said. The warehouse’s owner, Daniel Dadoun, was also charged with obstruction of justice after allegedly lying to police about what happened, the report said.

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