During a routine inspection, Transport Tech LLC received multiple health and safety citations for repeatedly exposing its workers to chemical hazards.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was following up on a complaint when it inspected Transport Tech’s Hillside, Illinois facility back in March. By the time the investigation was over, the garage had been cited for five repeat safety violations regarding how hazardous chemicals were handled at the facility.
Management failed to enforce basic rules regarding hazardous chemical safety, like properly labeling all containers with unsafe contents. The company also failed to provide easy access to an eyewash station in case of accidental exposure or provide mandatory fire extinguisher training.
Employees were not required to prevent falls by keeping the floors clean and dry, which prompted yet another citation. These may seem like small oversights, but they could cause serious problems in the event of an emergency.
OSHA labels chemicals as “hazardous” because they may be harmful or extremely volatile. If workers are not properly trained, leaks and spills could cause serious health problems and thousands in property damage.
Every employer is required to teach its employees the skills they need to do their job safely. If management fails to uphold their duties, they could be found liable for any injuries that result.
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