OSHA Finds Repeat Violations at Auto Body Shop
A Connecticut auto body repair shop is facing $54,300 in proposed fines following a recent inspection by OSHA to verify correction of hazards cited during a 2011 inspection.
In the latest inspection, OSHA identified hazards similar to those cited during the 2011 inspection. Specifically, equipment and materials, some of it flammable, were stored near paint spray booths and electric panels. The stored materials limited access to extinguish potential fires, presented fire and shock hazards and impeded cleaning around the booths, which allows potentially combustible materials to accumulate.
These conditions resulted in the issuance of two repeat citations with $40,000 in proposed fines. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.
Additional hazards found included inadequate storage, disposal and cleanup of flammable and combustible materials; unlabeled containers of hazardous chemicals; and an improperly located electrical outlet. These three serious violations resulted in $14,300 in proposed fines. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The repair shop has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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