OSHA Cites Company for Operating Damaged Forklift

OSHA responded to complaints that Rural King Supply Inc. allowed workers to operate a damaged forklift despite worker reports of faulty brakes. Upon investigation, OSHA determined that the company failed to perform necessary repairs or discontinue use of the forklift.

OSHA has cited Rural King Supply Inc., a national farm supply company, for failing to properly maintain forklifts at its facility in Xenia, Ohio. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $258,672.

OSHA responded to complains that Rural King Supply Inc. allowed workers to operate a damaged forklift despite worker reports of faulty brakes. Upon investigation, OSHA determined that the company failed to perform necessary repairs or discontinue use of the forklift.

"This employer ignored employee concerns about unsafe conditions, disregarded safety procedures, and put their workers at risk for serious injuries by failing to maintain safe equipment,” said Ken Montgomery, OSHA Cincinnati Area Office Director. 

Rural King Supply Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest OSHA's findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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