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NCCU Cited for Workplace Hazards

Posted November 20, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A Triangle university that's seen its fair share of safety problems in the past has a new list of violations to fix. State labor officials found workplace hazards in one third of North Carolina Central's buildings.

One year ago, it was the Department of Insurance writing fire code violations for buildings at NCCU. Thursday, it was the Department of Labor writing workplace violations, 130 of them. This time, however, the university asked labor inspectors to come over and check them out.

NCCU was a little surprised by the number of violations, but they vow to get the problems fixed fast.

Crumbling walls and peeling paint are the most visible of North Carolina Central's visible problems. But they're not the only ones. Expensive equipment sits behind locked doors because of wiring worries and possible disasters waiting to happen.

Harry Payne, Commissioner of Labor, says the violations are significant enough to warrant NCCU Chancellor Julius Chambers' actions.

The Department of Labor has given the university until December 19th to fix the most serious problems. A one-month deadline is far from comfortable for a school that has repeatedly asked for more money to deal with old buildings.

Chambers doesn't know where the money will come from to fix the problems, even though he was the one who called labor inspectors in. One thing is certain, safety has become job one on campus.