March 13, 2019
U.S. Department of Labor Cites South Florida Restaurant Operator
For Safety Violations After Employee Suffers Burn Injuries
DORAL, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Brinker Florida Inc. – operator of a Chili's Grill and Bar restaurant in Doral, Florida – for exposing employees to burns, falls, and other hazards. OSHA inspected the restaurant after an employee suffered burns when falling from an unguarded platform into a hot water bath. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $62,513.
OSHA cited the company - based in Coppell, Texas - for failing to maintain copies of required safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals used in the restaurant; provide information and training on the chemicals; provide appropriate eye and face protection; and lacking suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes for employees using hazardous chemicals. The company also failed to ensure inspections of portable ladders before each use or shift.
"Employers are legally required to identify and eliminate recognizable hazards from their workplace," said OSHA Fort Lauderdale Area Director Condell Eastmond. "Maintaining equipment and ensuring approved protective devices are used can significantly reduce the chance of serious injury to employees."
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.
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Release Number: 19-354-ATL (83)
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