Medical Facility Exposed Employees to Dangerous Electrical Hazards

An OSHA investigation has found that a Jersey City Medical center exposed workers to dangerous electrical hazards, following the fatal fall of a worker from a ladder as he changed an overhead ballast in a light fixture.

The worker later died from his injuries on July 17, 2016.

On Dec. 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to the Jersey City Medical Center RWJ Barnabas Health for one willful and four serious safety violations.

The agency cited the willful violation because the facility required employees to change ballasts without the proper lockout/tagout training on practices and procedures necessary to disable machinery or equipment to prevent hazardous energy release, as well as other safety hazards and related unsafe practices.

The serious violations involved the medical center’s failure to ensure de-energized circuits were locked out, maintain an electrical lockout/tagout program, ensure that only qualified persons worked on live circuits, provide personal protective equipment, and ensure workers did not work on live parts.

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