Auto Parts Seller Fined $1.2 Million for 33 Safety, Health Violations

Auto Parts Seller Fined $1.2 Million for 33 Safety, Health Violations

OSHA investigated the company following a crushed hand incident in Camden, New Jersey.

An auto parts seller is looking at a $1.2 million fine for 33 workplace safety and health violations following an incident at the facility that left one employee injured.

On Sept. 9, 2021, OSHA initiative inspection of My Auto Store after a vehicle lift crushed a worker’s hang in Camden, New Jersey. The agency determined that the company failed to have safeguards in place to protective employees from an accidental machine start up.

While inspecting the facility, OSHA found and identified 33 workplace safety and health violations—including willful, repeat and serious citations—resulting in proposed penalties totaling $1,260,275.

A press release published by OSHA lists the violations found at the facility, including willfully failing to develop and use lockout/tagout and machine guarding procedures, failing to keep an emergency egress clear, not protesting employees from being caught in automobile lifts and many more.

"By disregarding required safety protections, My Auto Store contributed to a worker’s serious and life-altering injury. If this company had complied with basic workplace safety standards and implemented safety programs, this incident could have been prevented," said OSHA Regional Administrator Richard Mendelson in New York in a press release. "OSHA has extensive resources available to help employers recognize and minimize hazards, and ensure their employees are properly protected."

To learn more about OSHA’s standards on controlling hazardous energy, or lockout/tagout, visit this resource.

Download Center

  • Industrial Premium Library

    Empower your workforce with the manufacturing, industrial maintenance, operations, HSE, compliance, and professional development skills they need to complete their tasks efficiently and safely. Not only will you boost productivity, reliability, skills, and morale but you’ll also onboard faster, and retain your best employees while meeting regulatory standards. Vector Solutions offers over 1,800 award-winning eLearning courses designed to keep your employees safe, transfer knowledge of fundamentals, and develop industry and job-specific skills that reduce downtime, maintenance costs and more.

  • Safety Metrics & Insights Webinar

    EHS professionals have been tackling the subject of how to best measure performance for many years. Lagging indicators like the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) and Days Away Restricted Transfer Rate (DART) are a good place to start, but you shouldn’t forget about the leading indicators that your workforce does every day to prevent incidents from occurring. Learn about some of the most common KPIs of safety programs and how Vector EHS Management software can be used to track these metrics in this webinar.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively. Download this guide for details on risk matrix calculations including severity, probability, and risk assessment.

  • OSHA Recordkeeping Guide

    In case you missed it, OSHA recently initiated an enforcement program to identify employers who fail to electronically submit Form 300A recordkeeping data to the agency. When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping, there are always questions regarding the requirements and ins and outs. This guide is here to help! We’ll explain reporting, recording, and online reporting requirements in detail.

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - September 2022

    September 2022


    • ESG
      EHS Will Guide Future ESG Success for Many Organizations
      Handling Material Handlers: Training Beyond PIT Requirements
      The Missing Link with EHS Software
      Noise Surveys from the Trenches
    View This Issue