An OSHA safety and health investigation ruled that a manufacturer in Marietta, GA failed to follow adequate safety protocols that led to an employee’s death. The incident occurred on Feb 13. The 55-year old worker fell 15 feet onto a concrete floor while moving cabinets from metal storage racks onto a forklift pallet. The employee died the following day after getting hospitalized. OSHA concluded that FBS manufacturing Corp (the worker’s employer) neglected to ensure their employees followed mandatory fall protection protocols. It also cited five serious violations for the following:
- Damaged exit signs having improper illumination.
- Inadequate employee training on safely using forklifts.
- Exposing employees to electrical shocks from uncovered outlets damaged extension cords.
OSHA proposed fines worth $ 167,933 for these violations. FBS Manufacturing Corp has 15 working days to either pay the fines or challenge this ruling before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.