A supermarket in Mullens, West Virginia, was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for numerous infractions of federal workplace safety rules, according to an agency press release. Wayne's Supermarket, Inc. was fined $32,200 for 10 serious violations, including a failure to provide an eyewash station to employees who were handling corrosive materials.
The company was also cited for not providing hand protection to workers who were cutting meat and for failing to properly train employees in the use of personal protective equipment.
What happens if a company does not comply with OSHA requirements?
In addition to the serious violations listed above, Wayne's Supermarket received a financial penalty for not maintaining its OSHA 300 Log of work-related injuries and illnesses. This log is required for all companies and organizations with more than ten employees, as well as any employers who are specifically asked by the agency due to past failed inspections.
"Grocery store employers are well aware of potential safety hazards facing workers while conducting day-to-day operations," Prentice Cline, director of OSHA's Charleston Area Office, said in a statement. "Employers will be held legally responsible when they fail to identify and correct hazards that jeopardize worker safety."
Employers who are tasked with keeping OSHA logs and paperwork may find the process complicated or difficult given their other myriad responsibilities, but these reports are essential for providing workers with a safe and accountable workplace. Furthermore, they are expected to be completed by February 1 each year, meaning that companies will soon have to provide these items to employees if they are asked either by staff or by OSHA.
Have any additional questions before you submit?
If you're in charge of maintaining your OSHA 300 and 301 logs and have any questions about the process, we recommend scheduling a demo of IndustrySafe recordkeeping software to learn how safety management software can simplify the process.