- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - In a story March 3 about a warehouse operator being cited for workplace safety violations, The Associated Press, relying on information from the U.S. Department of Labor, erroneously described the accident. A worker was shocked by improper wiring and had to be resuscitated, but he did not die.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Warehouse operator cited after worker shocked

New Jersey warehouse operator cited for several violations after worker shocked

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - The owner of a central New Jersey warehouse where a worker suffered an electric shock last year is now facing $63,000 in proposed penalties following a federal investigation.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday that Seldat Distribution was cited for 10 “serious” safety violations at its South Brunswick site. A serious violation occurs when there’s a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard that an employer knew about or should have known.

The alleged violations included improper installation and use of listed equipment and wiring that wasn’t protected from abrasions.

Inspectors also identified inappropriately narrow, blocked exit routes, obstructed aisles and passageways and unstable storage of materials and products.

Once Seldat receives the citations and the proposed penalties, it will have 15 business days to comply with OSHA’s orders or contest its findings.

Joanna Hawkins, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Labor Department, said that the worker came into contact with an improperly wired conveyor belt system. He had to be revived and was then treated and released from a hospital.

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