BUFFALO, N.Y. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Ford Motor Co. for eight serious violations of OSHA’s asbestos and respiratory protection standards at the company’s Lakeshore Road plant in Buffalo. Ford faces a total of $41,800 in proposed fines. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
“Workers deserve to perform their duties in a safe environment knowing they are protected from unsafe exposure to asbestos and other hazardous materials,” said Art Dube, OSHA’s area director in Buffalo. “It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that proper and effective safeguards are in place and in use at all times.”