Safety Hazards for Car Parts Provider

Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 05:12 PM gHale

Salt Lake City, UT-based Certifit Inc. is facing $71,500 in fines for two repeat and one serious violation from an August follow-up inspection for continuing to expose workers to fall and electrical hazards at the company’s San Antonio, TX, work site, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The initial January inspection, which resulted in $12,000 in fines, determined defective rolling ladders exposed workers to fall hazards, and the employer failed to ensure a competent, on-site person had proper training and certification in first aid.

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The August inspection of the car parts provider resulted in the same repeat violations. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced citations for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

“This employer continues to jeopardize the safety of its workers,” said Kelly C. Knighton, the agency’s area director in San Antonio. “Employers have a responsibility to ensure a healthful and safe workplace environment.”

The serious violation was for failing to ensure an industrial fan had proper grounding. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Certifit employs seven workers at the San Antonio work site and 300 companywide.

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