OSHA Imposed Fines for Material Handling Violations

In December 2010, OSHA penalized a freight carrier company in Rhode Island for $76,000 after an operator suffered foot injury. The authority has determined many counts where the lift truck is being operated incorrectly that resulted to mishap and worker’s injury.

In February 2013, OSHA imposed $91,000 fines against Chicago based company after a worker injured in an accident involving company’s forklift. The case arises when OSHA inspector found out the lapses of the company to train the operator and check it license.

In October 2014, a transportation firm, located in Michigan, has been cited for willful and repeated OSHA violations. The alleged violation ranges from simple non-provision of fall protection to defective and non-maintenance of lift trucks. The company faced $145,000 monetary fine.

In April 2016, OSHA cited several citations against United States Postal Office in its Iowa center. The complain started when a person exposes that lift truck operators are jeopardizing their safety when handling loads and driving the trucks without clear view or visual to the direction. Despite of this, USPS failed to rectify the violations. There are three violations, two repeated and one serious. The facility is now facing $88,000 fines.

In May 2016 OSHA cited several citations against United States Postal Office in its Virginia center. OSHA opened an inspection on Oct. 27, 2015, after a complaint alleged hazards involving power industrial equipment at the facility. Inspectors issued citations after they found the employer: Allowed employees to operate powered industrial equipment despite the fact the equipment was not inspected or examined for defects after each shift. Permitted employees to operate powered industrial vehicles without use of a seatbelt. Allowed employees to operate powered industrial equipment in aisles clearly marked for wheeled mailed carts, exposing workers to struck-by or caught-between hazards. Failed to provide employees with training to ensure they were competent to operate the equipment. Let employees improperly tow wheeled carts using powered pallet jacks. Proposed penalties: $120,000

Change: OSHA ENFORCEMENT OF  1910.178

What has changed with PM’s compliance completion?

  • Effective August 1 2016 – OSHA fines increased 80%.
  • Inflation adjustment was made 1/13/17.
  • Violations – was $7,000 per – now $12,675
  • Failure to abate – was $7,000 per date – $12,675 per day.
  • Willful violation – was $70,000 – now $126,749.

OSHA will now visit

  • Any accident.
  • Any call from a disgruntled employee.
  • Randomly.

OSHA: PM’s must be done. OSHA 1910.178 , ANSI B56.1- 6.2(a)

  • By Trained technicians. OSHA 1910.178(q)(1), ANSI B56.1- 6.2(B)
  • Using vetted parts. 1910.178(a)(1), 1910.178 (q)(5)
  • Following OEM guidelines. 1910.178 (A)(1)

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