2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:5-170 - Enforcement of act by commissioner; powers and duties; violations; prosecutions
34:5-170. Enforcement of act by commissioner; powers and duties; violations; prosecutions
The commissioner shall enforce the provisions of this act, make complaints against persons violating its provisions and prosecute violations of the same.
The commissioner shall have the power and authority to examine and inspect any part of any project or facility included in section 3 of this act, and to make such investigation as is reasonably necessary to carry out the provisions of this act.
No person shall obstruct, hinder or delay or interfere with by force or otherwise the performance by the commissioner of any duty under the provisions of this act.
If upon inspection the commissioner discovers a condition which exists in violation of the provisions of this act he shall be authorized to order such violation to cease and to take such steps necessary to enforce such an order. Said order shall state the items which are in violation of the provisions of this act and shall provide a reasonable specified time within which the violations must cease. The person responsible shall make the corrections necessary to comply with the requirements of this act within the time specified in the order.
If the violation constitutes an imminent hazard and the commissioner's order is not obeyed, he shall forthwith order the cessation of work and shall prohibit the employment of any persons within the hazardous area except for the purpose of eliminating the imminent hazard. Upon notice received from the person responsible that the imminent hazard has been eliminated, a reinspection shall be made within 1 working day. If upon reinspection the commissioner determines that the imminent hazard has been eliminated, work may be resumed immediately. If the reinspection is not made within 1 working day following said notice, work may be resumed. Where the person responsible denies that a violation constituting an imminent hazard exists, he shall have the right to apply to the commissioner for a hearing which must be afforded and a decision rendered within 48 hours of the request for a hearing. If the commissioner rules against the petitioning party, he shall have the right to apply for injunctive relief against the order to cease work. Jurisdiction for such injunctive relief shall be in the Law Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, but the only issue to be determined shall be the existence of a violation constituting an imminent hazard. Such relief may be sought by an Order to Show Cause and may be granted ex parte pending a hearing of the matter.
Nothing herein shall be deemed to prevent the commissioner from prosecuting any violation of this act, notwithstanding that such violations are corrected in accordance with his order.
L.1962, c. 45, s. 5.
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