BUFORD, Ga. — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Jan. 2 cited Mavis Southeast L.L.C. — operating as Mavis Discount Tire — for exposing employees to fall, struck-by and other hazards at the company's distribution facility in Buford.
The company faces $191,895 in penalties.
OSHA cited the tire company for exposing employees to fire hazards by failing to ensure emergency exits were not blocked and there was signage to the nearest exit. Other violations include exposing employees to struck-by and crushing hazards from damaged storage shelving, and failing to inspect fall protection equipment, train employees on the safe operation of powered industrial trucks, and mark aisles and passageways.
"Implementing comprehensive safety and health programs that include steps for identifying and eliminating hazards protects workers, and can help prevent injuries and illnesses," William Fulcher, OSHA Atlanta-East area director, said.
OSHA provides compliance assistance resources on safely operating a forklift, warehouse operations, and materials handling and storage.
Mavis Tire did not respond to Tire Business' requests for comment.
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.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.