Home Depot cited for repeat violation of work safety rules involving hazardous chemicals

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has cited Home Depot for work safety violations, including the lack of worker protection equipment and improper recordkeeping.

Employers are required to provide employees with safety equipment, including safety harnesses, hard hats, ear or eye protection and other necessary equipment to help prevent accidents and injuries on the job. When a North Carolina work accident occurs because an employee did not receive the proper training or equipment, a workers’ compensation lawyer should always be consulted to help ensure the workers’ rights are protected.
The proposed fine against Home Depot is $70,500.

“As a large, national employer with a history of OSHA inspections and citations at other facilities, we are disappointed to find so many of the same or similar hazards at this facility,” said Jeff Funke, OSHA’s area director, of the most recent inspection in Texas. “It’s imperative that this company and all employers adhere to safety and health standards to prevent worker injuries.”

OSHA began an inspection on July 30 after an employee sustained chemical burns due to lack of proper protective equipment and training. Home Depot was cited with serious violations for failure to train employees on the proper use of protective equipment, failure to teach employees how to safely clean up spills and not assessing respiratory hazards. Serious citations are issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from the hazards, about which the employer knew or should have known.

Home Depot was also cited for a number of repeat violations, including failure to ensure eye protection was utilized, failure to provide adequate eye wash and quick drenching facilities, failure to properly record and describe injuries on the OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping form, and improper certification of the form. OSHA indicates Home Depot has been cited for each of those violations within the past three years.

The Home Depot operates more than 2,200 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China.

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