Truck Parts Distributor Cited for Repeat PPE Failures, Other Violations

OSHA has cited Fleetpride Inc. in Willowbrook, Ill., with $61,500 in proposed penalties for alleged serious and repeat violations of federal workplace safety standards.

As a result of a February inspection, the agency cited the nationwide truck parts distributor with three alleged serious violations for damaged, inoperable emergency lighting; exit signs not illuminated; and a damaged fall protection lanyard not taken out of service. Additionally, the company received four repeat violations alleging improper personal protective equipment, no hazard assessment certification, no personal protective equipment training certification, and no cover on an electrical box.

"These types of violations show the disregard the company has for the safety and welfare of its employees," said OSHA Area Director Kathy Webb in North Aurora, Ill. "Those who ignore safe practices and OSHA regulations are inviting tragedy into the lives of their workers."

The company, which is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, 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.

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