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OSHA finds hazards at Central Transport Terminals in Georgia

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found hazards in the Georgia location of Central Transport LLC. The hazards were found in locations operated by the company in eight other states.

The investigation has gone on for several years at all nine locations and resulted in the discovery of defective forklifts still being used by workers.

The defective forklifts have been used to load, move, handle and unload freight in 11 of Central Transport LLC terminals spread throughout nine states, including Georgia.

A complaint was filed in 2015 with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission requesting that Central Transport LLC remove all the defective forklifts from service at all of the company's locations. The department recently reached a settlement with the company that requires Central Transport LLC to improve forklift safety at all 100 of its terminals in 26 states.

In a news release, OSHA said, "These widespread, recurring hazards required a comprehensive solution. This settlement includes detailed steps and a timetable for Central Transport to systematically review, assess and improve safety for its employees at all its locations that come under OSHA's jurisdiction. Other employers with hazards at multiple worksites should take heed of this settlement and recognize the value of implementing comprehensive and effective corrective action to protect the workers, life and limb."

The settlement agreement requires the company to hire an independent third party to evaluate, improve and monitor the procedures currently in place for preventive repairs and operator inspections.

The company must also pay penalties totaling $165,400.

Central Transport LLC released a statement that said, "We stated when we filed the complaint that safety cannot be addressed in a piecemeal fashion when employees are exposed to hazards at multiple company worksites. With this settlement, Central Transport has committed to taking proactive, ongoing and effective action to identify and eliminate these hazards and improve safety for its workers across the country."

An experienced workplace safety attorney in Atlanta, Georgia can inform you of your rights while on the job.

Source: Claims Journal, "OSHA Inspections at Central Transport Terminals Reveal Hazards in 9 States," Dec. 20, 2016

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