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Dallas Employer Cited for Forklift Fatalities

Dallas Employer Cited for Forklift Fatalities

The Department of Labor and Occupational Safety & Health Administration has given a citation to Georg Fischer Central Plastics in Dallas, TX for sixteen violations.   The fatalities occurred after an employee and truck driver was killed during a forklift accident.

“By failing to implement OSHA standards, these employers put its workers at risk. Ultimately, two people paid the price with their lives,” said Stephen Boyd, OSHA’s area director in Dallas. “It’s the employer’s responsibility to find and fix the hazards that expose workers to injuries and illnesses.”

The employee and the truck driver were both pinned between the forklift and a trailer in the process of being loaded with heavy cargo.  The sixteen violations included a failure to ensure that the safety latch was properly working on the hoist being used to load the trailer.   In addition, there were other violations such as a failure to block the truck wheels and train workers properly with safety-related education.

OSHA has proposed penalties of $97,200 with 15 days to comply and request an informal conference with OSHA.

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