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 State: NY


Pier 1 Imports Faces $45K in Proposed OSHA Penalties


Pier 1 Imports faces five alleged safety violations and $45,100 in proposed penalties for exposing workers to continued safety hazards at its Staten Island store, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported.


OSHA inspected the store in September 2012 in response to a complaint. The five safety violations include two repeat violations for failure to address the lack of clearance in front of electrical panels and failure to maintain an exit route free from obstructions. A repeat violation is issued when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.


Investigators found similar violations at the Acton, Mass., location in April 2011. The repeat violations carry a penalty of $28,600.


OSHA noted that the remaining three violations were serious violations for failure to properly store materials, keep storage areas free of tripping hazards and a lack of training on chemical hazards. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.


"Pier 1 Imports has demonstrated a disregard for their workers' safety by failing to correct hazards previously brought to their attention," said Patricia Jones, director of OSHA's Avenel, N.J., Area Office. "Employers are responsible for ensuring employees have a safe and healthy work environment."


The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director or to contest the citations.


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Source: OSHA


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