July 31, 2007
Contact: Dan Fuqua Michael Wald
Phone: (404) 562-2078 (404) 562-2076
25 serious safety violations found at grocery store chain
MOBILE, Ala. -- Prichard, Ala.-based grocery store chain Autry Greer & Sons has received $56,250 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 25 serious and five other safety violations at three stores and the company's corporate headquarters.
"Employers must make a conscious effort to develop and implement a safety policy for all of their employees," said Ken Atha, OSHA's area director in Mobile. "This emphasis is especially important for companies which regularly employ younger staff who lack experience and may be unable to recognize workplace dangers."
OSHA initiated its investigation after a youth was seriously injured while operating a box bailer with an inoperable safety switch at the company's Dauphin Island Parkway store.
Inspectors found a number of serious violations including instances of locked and blocked exit doors, improperly maintained electrical equipment and junction boxes, lack of an emergency action plan and safety instructions, and the employer's failure to develop and communicate a hazard communication program and energy control plan.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to contest them and the proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The sites were inspected by staff from OSHA's Mobile office, 1141 Montlimar Drive, Suite 1006; telephone (251) 441-6131.
OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The agency has a vigorous enforcement program, having conducted more than 38,000 inspections last year and exceeding its inspection goals in each of the last seven years. In fiscal year 2006, OSHA found nearly 84,000 violations of its standards and regulations.
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 assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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