OSHA Hammers Lowe's for Electrical, PPE Violations

OSHA proposed $82,700 in penalties for the violations following its inspection, which was conducted based on high injury and illness rates reported at the site.

OSHA has cited Wilkesboro, N.C.-based Lowe's Home Centers Inc. with 13 alleged safety violations at its Castle Rock, Colo., store. OSHA proposed $82,700 in penalties for the violations following its inspection, which was conducted based on high injury and illness rates reported at the site.

"Lowe's Home Centers failed to ensure that a viable safety and health program was in place at this facility," said John Healy, OSHA's area office director in Englewood, Colo. "This employer is well aware of OSHA requirements for its industry and has been cited several times for similar infractions."

Seven repeat violations were cited for numerous inaccuracies in required injury and illness record keeping, and with electrical safety issues involving access to equipment and damage to wire insulation.

Three serious violations were related to issues with emergency exits, machine guarding, and installation of proper electrical receptacles.

Three other-than-serious violations included failure to perform a personal protective equipment assessment, failure to properly label hazardous chemicals, and lack of detail on required record keeping.

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