Two work sites belonging to the popular car mechanic chain, Pep Boys, have been cited for workplace safety and health violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following a worker complaint.
OSHA conducted an investigation of the two locations in December of 2013, which found that the sites were at fault of failing to abate previously cited violations while also exposing workers to dangerous equipment hazards.
What did OSHA find during its investigation?
The site in Aurora, Colorado, was issued a repeat violation for continuing to submit workers to crushing hazards while working under elevated vehicles. According to the report, automotive lifts at this location were not properly locked into place, nor had they been securely supported by stands. A repeat violation is issued when an employer has previously been cited for the same or similar workplace offense.
The Lone Tree, Colorado, location was also cited for a repeat violation surrounding the same hazard. This site also incurred a serious violation for exposing workers to electrical shock hazards while working with high voltage cords and electrically powered equipment. A serious violation occurs when a worker is put at risk of death or serious injury as a result of workplace conditions.
"Pep Boys continues to expose its workers to safety hazards while working under elevated vehicles by failing to provide safety locks and blocking," OSHA's Englewood area director, David Nelson, said in an official statement. "This negligence concerning worker safety is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."
The locations have been issued proposed fines of $58,300 in accordance with the citations.
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