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Region 5 News Release: 11-948-CHI
July 6, 2011
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976      312-353-4807
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites The Home Depot store in Chicago for failing to
remove damaged equipment from use, other violations; fines total $55,000

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Home Depot store in Chicago for two repeat and one serious alleged safety violations, including failing to remove damaged equipment from service and train employees on safety procedures. The company faces proposed penalties of $55,000.

"Employers have a responsibility to take all necessary safety precautions to protect workers from injuries and accidents on the job," said Diane Turek, OSHA's area director in Des Plaines, Ill. "The Home Depot previously has been cited for failing to remove damaged safety equipment from use and should be familiar with OSHA's regulations and requirements."

Two repeat citations, with proposed penalties of $50,000, include failing to ensure damaged and defective fall protection equipment was removed from service, and failing to remove powered industrial vehicles from service when defects were found. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The Home Depot was cited for the same violations in 2007 and 2008 in Rochester, N.Y., and Chicago, respectively.

One serious violation, with a proposed penalty of $5,000 was issued for failing to maintain capacity plates on powered industrial vehicles. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The Home Depot has 15 business days from receipt of its 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. Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health standards can call OSHA's Chicago North Area Office in Des Plaines at 847-803-4800. To report workplace incidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, call the agency's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).

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 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 http://www.osha.gov.

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