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Newark moving company faces nearly 90K in OSHA fines

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a fine of $89,600 for a Newark moving company, citing it for exposing workers to asbestos hazards.An investigation of the Brantley Brothers Moving & Storage Co. Inc. site at 168 Elizabeth Ave. found 14 serious violations, OSHA said Tuesday, including exposure to, and mishandling of, asbestos during the removal of pipes and pipe insulation.

“In 2015, nobody should be surprised to learn that asbestos exposure is dangerous,” Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office, said in a prepared statement. “Brantley Brothers required its employees to remove dry asbestos from piping without any personal protection equipment. Asbestos exposure can cause cancer and asbestosis, which is a serious lung disease, so having untrained and unprotected workers conduct such work is both irresponsible and totally unacceptable.”

OSHA conducted an investigation in October 2014, in response to a complaint, it said.

Brantley Brothers had 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to accept or contest them, or request a meeting with the area director.

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