United Airlines Inc. has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing their ground crew at the Newark, New Jersey, airport to a number of safety hazards.
The airliner was issued 16 citations following a January 2014 inspection into the facility and its operations. OSHA found the company to be at fault for three repeat offenses that had been discovered during prior investigations conducted in 2011 and 2013.
What was United Airlines cited for?
These violations were delivered for a failure to mark exits located inside facilities in which food service employees, gate agents and baggage handlers were stationed, using extension cords as a substitute for sufficient wiring and keeping unused openings closed, according to the OSHA report.
The company was also cited for nine serious violations, which included exposing workers to fall and struck-by hazards, a lack of properly guarded equipment and not ensuring clear exit routes. The company also failed to make sure employees operating ground vehicles were using seat belts and properly used power strips and ladders.
"United Airlines should immediately address these safety violations to prevent worker injuries and ensure a safe workplace," said OSHA"s Parsippany Area Office director, Kris Hoffman, in an official statement. "These workers face electrical hazards, falls, and being struck-by objects and equipment daily. Their safety is critical. Airline ground operations safety is of vital importance, not only to the workers, but to the millions of Americans who depend on air travel every day."
The proposed fines equal $101,300.
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