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Trucking Company Fined 63K for Electrical Hazards

This Jersey City trucking company suffered a hefty fine after an OSHA inspection revealed shocking electrical hazards. Don't make the same mistakes.

Xpedited Services LLC, a Jersey City based trucking company, has been fined by OSHA after an August 2014 inspection revealed shocking safety violations.  In a recent news release by the U.S Department of Labor, the OSHA inspection in August revealed “tangled extension cords, overloaded power outlets in wet locations, blocked exits, faulty forklifts, machines without safety guards, and damaged floors.”  Xpedited Services LLC was charged with 14 serious violations and incurred associated fines of $63,000 for permitting dangerous electrocution and other hazards to exist.

According to OSHA, “A serious violation exists when the workplace hazard could cause an accident or illness that would most likely result in death or serious physical harm, unless the employer did not know or could not have known of the violation.”

OSHA also claims the inspection found that, in place of permanent wiring, the company used flexible cords and temporary wiring to power hand-held tools and the warehouse, creating dangerous electrocution and fire hazards.

To identify and eliminate electrical and fire hazards in your workplace, download SafetySmart’s free safety training kit, No Fault Electrical Hazards.  It contains information the dangers of arc flash and safety precautions workers should take when working around high voltage equipment.  It also includes an agenda, leader sheet, safety talk, quiz, and more.

For a visual example of what-not-to-do, check out OHS Insider’s popular Spot the Safety Violation: Don’t be Shocked!  It contains some useful dos and don’ts for safely working with extension cords.



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