Monro Muffler Brake Faces $107,000 in Fines Following Employee Complaint

Locked fire exits, exposure to eight-foot falls, improper storage of compressed gas cylinders, and other hazards at the Monro Muffler Brake Inc. store in Glastonbury, Conn., have resulted in OSHA citing the company with $107,000 in proposed fines. In response to an employee complaint, the agency cited the Rochester, N.Y.–based company for alleged repeat and serious violations of safety standards following an inspection begun Dec. 11, 2007.

"The sizable proposed fines reflect the recurrence of exit access, fall, and compressed gas storage hazards that have been found at other company worksites," said C. William Freeman III, OSHA's area director in Hartford. "Monro Muffler needs to promptly address these vital safety issues in a consistent, effective manner to ensure the safety and health of employees at all its stores."

The Glastonbury inspection identified several conditions that had earlier been cited at Monro locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. These include locked fire exit doors, no railings or other fall protection for employees working in an elevated muffler storage area, and improper and unsafe storage of compressed gas cylinders.

These latest conditions resulted in the issuance of four repeat citations, carrying $95,000 in proposed fines. OSHA issues repeat citations when an employer previously has been cited for substantially similar hazards and those citations have become final. In this case, OSHA had cited Monro in December 2005 for similar conditions at its Boston and Manchester, N.H., stores.

The company also has been issued six serious citations, with an additional $12,000 in proposed fines, for damaged or missing exit door safety equipment; missing exit signs; wet, moldy and falling ceiling tiles; exposed electrical conductors; and excess pressure levels for compressed air hoses used for cleaning. A serious citation is issued when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Download Center

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide

    Use this handy buyer's guide to learn the basics of selecting online safety training and how to use it at your workplace.

  • COVID Return-to-Work Checklist, Fall 2021

    Use this checklist as an aid to help your organization return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic in a safe and healthy manner.

  • SDS Buyer's Guide

    Learn to make informed decisions while searching for SDS Management Software.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Industry Safe

Featured Whitepapers

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2021

    October 2021

    Featuring:

    • TRAINING
      On Route To Safe Material Handling
    • SAFETY CULTURE
      Normalization of Deviations in Performance
    • IH:INDOOR AIR QUALITY
      Arresting Fugitive Dusts
    • PPE:FOOT PROTECTION
      Safety Shoes Make the Outfit for Well-Protected Workers
    View This Issue