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Central Transport doing its part to reduce forklift hazards

Although forklifts are useful in many settings, such as warehouses and construction sites, there are times when these vehicles pose a safety threat.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) secured an agreement with Central Transport to focus its attention on forklift-related hazards in 26 states spanning more than 100 job sites.

In a recent statement, the assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health made it clear that recurring hazards at Central Transport worksites required immediate attention to improve safety across the board.

With the settlement in place, there are now detailed steps, along with a timeline, for Central Transport to review and improve safety for its many employees at hundreds of locations.

This decision stems from a 2015 OSHA complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. At that time, OSHA was seeking an order for Central Transport to remove defective, damaged and unsafe forklifts from use in its many facilities.

The settlement also calls for Central Transport to make a variety of other safety-related changes, such as:

  • Assign a monitor to implement the details of the settlement agreement, conduct visits to job sites and submit reports as a means of monitoring progress.
  • Work closely with a third party monitor to maintain compliance at all times, while also sending feedback shared by employees.
  • Provide OSHA with written reports
  • Allow OSHA to conduct inspections to ensure compliance is being met
  • Remove all unsafe industrial trucks, including forklifts, from service

Along with the above, Central Transport agreed to pay more than $165,000 in penalties for using unsafe equipment.

This was a big settlement between OSHA and Central Transport, as the company has sites in 26 states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

OSHA, along with individual employers, shares the responsibility of keeping workers safe. When it comes to the use of forklifts, a simple mistake or a defective piece of equipment can result in workplace injury or death.

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