Home Depot Violates Electrical Safety Regulations

The hardware chain is facing a $69,300 penalty for violating safety standards in a Chicago location.

If someplace would have its electrical wiring down, it should be The Home Depot. Not so fast. The hardware megastore was fined by OSHA for lacking in the electrical safety department.

Resulting in a violation worth $69,300, Home Depot is facing repercussions for exposing employees to electrical hazards at a location in Chicago.

A complaint was filed against the company for blocked electrical equipment, in violation of OSHA’s requirement that all electrical equipment must be marked with explanations of voltage and purpose. Additionally, the equipment should not be obstructed.

This is not the first time that Home Depot has faced this kind of citation. Similar violations were cited in 2009 and 2010 in other locations.

"The Home Depot has a responsibility to protect the safety of its employees by minimizing exposure to hazards, such as by clearly marking electrical boxes," said Diane Turek, director of OSHA's Chicago North Area Office in Des Plaines,in a statement on the agency’s website.

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