fireA fire in August at Rick’s Auto Body of Missoula, Montana did not, fortunately, result in any injuries or fatalities, but it did get the attention of OSHA inspectors, who found nine serious violations at the workplace.

Rick’s faces $51,100 in proposed fines

The violations identified during the investigation include improper storage of flammable and combustible materials, use of storage containers not approved for flammable goods and failure to store overhead materials securely. The employer was also cited for failing to label emergency exits, ensure adequate controls for leakage or the escape of flammable materials, and ground electrical equipment around combustible materials. Additionally, the site was improperly ventilated and lacked sufficient fire sprinkler systems, endangering individuals in an emergency.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.