OSHA Tells Jiffy Lube to Put the Brakes on Slip, Fall Hazards

One repeat violation was cited for failing to maintain dry floors and allowing floors to be slick from oil and water accumulation, which created slip and fall hazards.

OSHA has cited Heartland Automotive Services Inc., the operator of a Jiffy Lube oil changing facility in Arlington Heights, Ill., for failing to keep floors dry to prevent employees from falling and other hazards. Proposed penalties total $52,700.

One repeat violation was cited for failing to maintain dry floors and allowing floors to be slick from oil and water accumulation, which created slip and fall hazards. Heartland Automotive Services was cited for this violation in January 2011 at a Kansas City, Kan., facility.

"Employers who are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to workplace safety and health," said Diane Turek, director of OSHA's Chicago North Area Office in Des Plaines. "The responsibility to maintain safe working environments belongs to employers, but OSHA is committed to protecting workers when employers fail in that responsibility."

Serious violations involve failing to evaluate the workplace for hazards that necessitated the use of personal protective equipment, guard exposed electrical components, provide a written hazard communication program, list and label containers of hazardous chemicals, and train workers on hazards and safety precautions.

Other-than-serious violations were cited for improper record keeping and for missing knockouts on electrical boxes.

Heartland Automotive Services has corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas, and operates more than 400 Jiffy Lube franchises around the country.

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