Houston based IFCO Systems North America, a pallet management and food transport company, has been fine $164,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations at their San Antonio facility. IFCO was in violation of 10 different serious
safety and health codes; three of the violations were repeat offenses. An OSHA violation is considered to be serious if there is a possibility that it will result in death or serious harm to a worker, and the employer knew or should have known about the problem. Some of IFCO's serious violations include:
- Failing to refit employees for and train them on proper use of hearing protection equipment, even when yearly tests showed that many had sustained significant hearing loss
- Failing to secure dock boards being transported by forklift
- Failing to ensure the ready availability of material safety data
The three repeat offenses included:
- Failing to provide machine guarding for a wood chipping machine
- Failing to properly maintain an electrical conduit
- Exposing the internal conductors on a terminal box
The San Antonio facility was also cited in both February and June of 2010 for similar violations. IFCO employs about 70 individuals in their San Antonio facility and approximately 3000 people across the country. Other IFCO facilities in the U.S. have also recently received fines and citations for serious safety violations.
OSHA regulations exist to protect workers from serious workplace accidents and injuries. When companies repeatedly ignore these rules, employees are at an increased risk of injury or even death. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job due to your employer's inadequate safety precautions, you may be entitled to compensation – and the industrial injury lawyers from our firm can help.
Contact an industrial injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation regarding your case