Chili’s restaurant injury leads to citations, fines
An OSHA investigation into a worker’s burn injuries has led to safety citations issued to the operator of a Chili’s Grill and Bar restaurant in Florida.
The employee of Brinker Florida Inc. suffered the injuries at the company’s Doral location when he fell from an unguarded platform into a hot water bath.
OSHA inspected the restaurant and cited the company - based in Coppell, Texas - for failing to:
- maintain copies of required safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals used in the restaurant;
- provide information and training on the chemicals;
- provide appropriate eye and face protection;
- provide suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes for employees using hazardous chemicals and
- ensure inspections of portable ladders before each use or shift.
Brinker Florida faces proposed penalties totaling $62,513.
OSHA "Employers are legally required to identify and eliminate recognizable hazards from their workplace," said OSHA Fort Lauderdale Area Director Condell Eastmond. "Maintaining equipment and ensuring approved protective devices are used can significantly reduce the chance of serious injury to employees."