The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed penalties in the amount of $86,100.00 given to the employer Pier 1 Imports due to various employment safety hazards in two of their work plants in Texas. The citations included three serious citations and two repeated violations. The violations involved failing to properly train forklift operators as well as maintaining safe forklifts for employee use. The inspections began after OSHA was notified after an employee sustained a work injury from an electric pallet jack. The employee was truck by the jack and needed to be hospitalized.
An OSHA spokesperson said “Pier 1 Imports exposed workers to hazardous conditions and ultimately jeopardized the safety of their workers.” The injured worker identified continual hazards which required immediate corrective action to prevent further injuries to workers. The company has 15 days to comply with the requests to remediate the safety hazards and/or contest the penalties.
Many workers are subject to unnecessary risks in the workplace. OSHA main purpose is to try to keep employers in line with their safety requirements and to keep employees safe and avoid preventable accidents and injuries. If you or someone you know were injured at work and believe your accident was preventable, please contact Attorney Michael O. Smith, who is experienced in representing victims of work related accidents.