Repeat and serious safety hazards at four Xpect Discount locations in Connecticut lead to $140,700 in OSHA fines for Ohio retailer (7/15)
The citations chiefly address Xpect Discounts' failure to conduct workplace hazard assessments at its North Haven warehouse and North Haven and East Haven retail stores; inadequate personal protective equipment at both North Haven locations; defective powered industrial trucks at the North Haven warehouse and East Haven store; inadequate forklift operator training at the North Haven and East Haven stores; electrical hazards and lack of an emergency eyewash and fire extinguisher training at the North Haven warehouse; and incomplete or uncertified injury and illness logs at all four locations.
All told, the inspections resulted in seven repeat citations with $95,200 in proposed fines, 13 serious citations with $38,500 in fines, and 10 other-than-serious citations with $7,000 in fines. The repeat citations stem from similar hazards cited during previous OSHA inspections at the North Haven warehoue and an Xpect facility in Garfield Heights, Ohio. OSHA issues serious citations when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have known.