June 2018 Enforcement

Farm Supply Company Cited for Exposing Workers to Hazards from Operating Damaged Forklift

OSHA investigated a farm and home store, after receiving complaints that the company allowed workers to operate a damaged forklift at its Xenia, Ohio, facility, despite workers’ reports of faulty brakes. The farm supply company was cited for failing to take a forklift out of service and perform needed repairs. OSHA proposed penalties of $258,672.

OSHA responded to complaints that Rural King Supply Inc. allowed employees to operate a damaged forklift, despite employees’ reports of faulty brakes. OSHA investigators determined that the company failed to take the forklift out of service, or perform needed repairs.

“This employer ignored employee concerns about unsafe conditions, disregarded safety procedures, and put their workers at risk for serious injuries by failing to maintain safe equipment,” said Ken Montgomery, OSHA Cincinnati Area Office Director.  

For more information, read the news release.

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