February 28, 2020
U.S. Department of Labor Cites R&R Contracting Services
For Multiple Hazards Following Workplace Fatality
O'FALLON, MO - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited R&R Contracting Services Inc. after an employee suffered fatal injuries when he was crushed by a powered industrial truck at the company's O'Fallon, Missouri, facility in September 2019. OSHA cited the portable restroom service provider for nine serious violations, and proposed penalties of $52,626.
OSHA alleges that the company failed to adequately train employees on the safe use of powered industrial vehicles - commonly known as forklifts - and failed to remove damaged vehicles from service. Inspectors also allege electrical and fire safety hazards, improper storage of oxygen and gas cylinders, deficiencies in the employer's communication to employees regarding hazardous chemicals and a lack of guardrails on storage lofts, which exposed employees to fall hazards.
"Powered industrial trucks must be maintained and operated safely to prevent worker injury," said OSHA St. Louis Area Office Director Bill McDonald. "Employers must develop comprehensive safety and health programs to address known issues in their facilities, and train workers on proper safety and health precautions."
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and 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.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
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Release Number: 20-314-KAN
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