The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Aria Contracting Corp. for eight alleged serious safety violations while removing asbestos at a former warehouse in Buffalo.
OSHA seeks $56,000 in fines from the Orchard Park asbestos removal contractor following an inspection at 2925 Main St. Aria employees were found to be working in ripped and torn protective suits, were not wearing respiratory protection and had not been adequately trained on asbestos hazards, according to the complaint.
Inspectors said Aria had not conducted an initial exposure monitoring to accurately determine the airborne concentrations of asbestos to which the workers were exposed, barriers had not been placed over all openings to the area where the work was being performed and a competent person had not ensured all proper safeguards were followed.
"Inhalation of asbestos fibers by workers may lead to lung disease and other disorders," said Arthur Dube, OSHA's area director. "That is why it is essential effective protective measures, including proper protective gear and adequate and effective employee training, be in place and in use whenever necessary."
Also, an employee was exposed to a 30-foot fall while climbing from the elevated basket of a scissors lift into an opening on the building's third floor.
Aria also was cited for failure to make all required records available to OSHA for review.