OSHA Issues Second-Ever Safety Violation Complaint for Entire Store Chain

Thursday, January 26, 2012
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The Obama administration is getting tough with employers who violate work-safety rules, imposing penalties never used until now.
 
For only the second time in the history of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, OSHA officials have issued what’s known as an “enterprise-wide” solution on a company caught putting its employees at risk.
 
Usually, OSHA tells a business to fix problems found at a specific store or location. But in the case of the DeMoulas Super Markets grocery chain, also known as Market Basket, the agency demanded that the company improve working conditions at more than 60 stores and ensure that they comply with federal standards.
 
OSHA inspectors found “fall hazards from unguarded, open-sided work and storage areas” at several of the chain store’s locations. They also uncovered the fact that the company “allegedly failed to protect employees in produce, deli, and bakery department against laceration hazards from knives and cutting instruments.”
 
The only other time OSHA imposed an enterprise-wide solution was last year, when the U.S. Postal Service was told to fix ongoing electrical safety problems at hundreds of post offices.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
 

US Labor Department's OSHA Proposes More Than $589,000 In Fines To Tewksbury, Mass.-Based Demoulas Super Markets For Hazards At New Hampshire Stores (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 

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