Pier 1 Imports Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for workplace safety hazards at facilities in Fort Worth and Mansfield, Texas. The proposed penalties will total $86,100. The company was cited for three serious and two repeated violations. Two serious violations were cited at the Fort Worth distribution center involved failing to ensure proper training for forklift operators and proper inspections for forklifts. As we have previously explained, a serious violation at the Mansfield location involved damaged storage racks. The repeated violations at both locations were for failing to provide forklift operator training.
OSHA began the inspection after being notified that an electric pallet jack had struck an employee who was subsequently hospitalized. The report of the hospitalization is part of the new record keeping requirements as of Jan. 1, 2015, that a company must report the hospitalization of one or more employees, amputation or loss of an eye within 24 hours to OSHA. Jack Rector, OSHA’s area director in Fort Worth, Texas, said:
Pier 1 Imports exposed workers to hazardous but preventable conditions and ultimately jeopardized the safety of their workers in doing so. This complaint and report of a hospitalization have identified continual hazards which require immediate corrective action to prevent further injuries.
Pier 1, headquartered in Fort Worth, is a home furnishing retailer with stores and distribution centers throughout the U.S. and employs about 23,000 workers nationwide.
The company had 15 business days from receipt of their citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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