OSHA Wants Chain to Fix Fall Protections at All of Its Sites

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: January 23rd, 2012
Topics: Fall Protection |

SuperMarketOSHA issued multiple citations against a Massachusetts/New Hampshire grocery chain for lack of guardrails on mezzanines higher than 11 feet at several of its stores. Proposed fines:

4 willful $261,000
7 repeat $225,500
19 serious $102,700

What’s remarkable about the case is that OSHA is demanding corrective actions be taken not only at the stores inspected but at all 60 of the company’s locations. It’s only the second time that OSHA has sought enforcement on an “enterprise-wide” basis. The first case, which took place in July 2011, involves OSHA’s insistence that the US Postal Service implement electrical safety measures at 350 postal facilities across the nation and is still pending [DeMoulas Super Markets Inc., d.b.a. Market Basket, No. 12-38-BOS, Jan. 18, 2012, Reg. 1].

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