Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Forklift Regulation Citation Example

When it comes to forklifts, we sometimes think nothing serious will happen to us, but the OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.178 has been promulgated to ensure employers are serious about protecting their employees.  Below is an example of a recent OSHA inspection to a plant in Ohio:

"Employers are responsible for ensuring workers are properly trained in the operation of equipment and that equipment, such as forklifts, are maintained in good working order," said Kim Nelson, area director for OSHA in Toledo.

A willful violation was cited for failing to remove unsafe forklifts from service. A willful violation is one commit ted with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Three serious violations were cited for failing to complete forklift inspections, retrain workers in forklift operations following an incident where an injury occurred and operate a forklift in a safe manner. 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.

This company also has been cited with one other-than-serious violation for failing to have name and capacity plates on forklifts. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

This company employs about 300 workers company-wide and about 100 at its Ohio facility. The company also operates facilities in Michigan, and Texas. Both the Ohio and Texas facilities have been previously inspected by OSHA and issued citations for failing to remove unsafe forklifts from service in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

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