Coca-Cola Warehouse Cited for Serious Safety and Health Violations

The Monmouth Junction, N.J., facility faces more than $61,000 in fines.

OSHA has cited Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc.'s distribution warehouse at 60 Deans Rhode Hall Road in Monmouth Junction, N.J., issuing four repeat and two serious safety and health violations associated with obstructed exit routes, lack of illuminated emergency exit signs, unmarked exits, and improper storage of compressed gas cylinders, along with $61,600 in proposed penalties.

The serious violations were related to unguarded floor holes and lack of refresher training related to forklifts, according to the agency's news release.

"Blocked exit routes and unmarked exits pose a serious danger to Coca-Cola's warehouse employees, as they prevent quick escape in case of an emergency," said Patricia Jones, director of OSHA's Avenel Office. "Employers have a legal obligation to ensure workers have a safe and healthy workplace, and will be held accountable when they fail to do so."

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