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    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited two New Jersey companies for safety violations, it announced Thursday.

    In the first case, Film Pak Extrusion LLC, the maker of Frost King products for contractors, was cited for exposing workers to amputation and other safety and health hazards at its Paterson manufacturing facility.

    The agency proposed penalties of $90,300 for one willful and 12 serious workplace violations found during an investigation, OSHA said in a news release.

    “Machines left without required guards can cause catastrophic injury to workers, including amputation and death,” Lisa Levy, director of OSHA’s Hasbrouck Heights Area Office, said in the release. “One slip can end a worker’s life or livelihood, and employers can prevent that. Film Pak Extrusion has a responsibility to put worker safety first.”

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    Meanwhile, a Stirling-based concrete company was cited for exposing workers to fall hazards at a Bloomfield construction site, OSHA said.

    The agency proposed penalties of $52,470 for Concrete Systems Inc. over the work on three midrise buildings at 300 Glenwood Ave. It said a February investigation found one repeat and seven serious safety hazards on the project.

    “Concrete Systems Inc. was previously cited twice for exposing workers to fall and other safety and health hazards at work sites in Kearny and Cranford, New Jersey,” Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office, said in a prepared statement. “Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. It is imperative that this company immediately implement an effective fall protection program to ensure the safety of its employees.”

    The companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply with them, contest them, or ask for a meeting with the area director, OSHA said.

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    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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