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United Airlines has been cited for numerous violations at Newark airport.
United Airlines has been cited for numerous violations at Newark airport. - (United / Facebook page)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited United Airlines over hazardous conditions for ground operation workers at Newark Liberty International Airport, it said Tuesday.

OSHA issued 16 citations and proposed $101,300 in penalties for the violations found during a January inspection, it said in a news release. They included three repeat violations that had previously been found in 2011 and 2013.

“United Airlines should immediately address these safety violations to prevent worker injuries and ensure a safe workplace,” Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office, said in the release. “These workers face electrical hazards, falls, and being struck by objects and equipment daily. Their safety is critical. Airline ground operations safety is of vital importance, not only to the workers, but to the millions of Americans who depend on air travel every day.”

The repeat violations, which have a $55,000 penalty, were for failing to clearly mark exits inside facilities where personnel work; failing to keep unused electrical box openings closed; and using extension cords in lieu of permanent wiring.

Other citations included nine “serious” violations, with $46,300 in penalties, including exposing mechanics to hazards and failure to properly safeguard equipment and ensure employee safety.

United has 15 days from receipt of the citations to comply or contest them, or request a meeting with the area director to discuss them.

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Eric Strauss

Eric Strauss

Eric Strauss is the digital content editor for NJBIZ. He has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as for a number of websites. You can contact him at erics@njbiz.com or @acerimrat on Twitter.

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