A trucking company in Georgia has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violating safety and health regulations.
According to WorkersCompensation.com, Stafford Transport Inc., a waste removal company, was cited for five health and safety violations “following an inspection at the company’s Mableton facility. OSHA initiated the inspection in July 2014 as part of the agency’s Site-Specific Targeting Program, which directs enforcement resources to workplaces with higher-than-average rates of injuries and illnesses.”
The company is accused of failing to provide Hepatitis B vaccinations to its employees who may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens.
In addition, the company allegedly allowed workers to perform maintenance on heavy machinery while failing to perform annual inspections on the “written procedures to protect workers from moving machine parts during servicing work,” WorkersCompensation.com reported.
Stafford Transport Inc. reportedly received citations for the same violations in 2012.
OSHA also cited the company for failing to train employees on how to operate a forklift.
The company was also cited for failing to do an annual review of the written blood-borne pathogens program and for failing to train its employees on current labeling requirements.
“This employer continues to disregard the safety and health of its employees by putting them at risk of serious injury or death,” said Christi Griffin, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-West Area Office. “It is the employer’s responsibility to protect workers and eliminate workplace hazards before an OSHA inspection or incident.”
Stafford Transport Inc.Proposed penalties total $43,000.