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.

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