The FMSCA has shut down a Jefferson, Ohio trucking company after an unannounced roadside inspection revealed dozens of safety violations and triggered an investigation that revealed even more unsafe practices.
Garfield Trucking was declared an imminent hazard to public safety after an October 4th unannounced inspection in Missouri uncovered 43 safety violations. These included falsified logbooks, inoperable brakes, cracked frame rails, and load securement violations.
Investigators also discovered that Garfield had been operating in spite of two other out-of-service orders.
When investigators tried to conduct a compliance review on October 13, the company had posted an “Out Of Business” sign. Investigators left but subpoenaed Garfield via Express Mail for access to company documents.
Garfield Trucking failed to provide the documents.
In light of the safety violations, the out of service orders, and Garfield’s failure to produce proof that they have a safety program, they were ordered to immediately stop all interstate and intrastate operations.