Georgia Trucking Company Cited, Fined $43,000 for Work Safety Violations

Posted on Oct 24, 2014

StaffordTransport Inc., a Georgia-based solid waste removal trucking company has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for five health and safety violations, following a federal inspection at the company’s Mableton facility. OSHA conducted the inspection in July 2014, as part of the agency’s Site-Specific Targeting Program, which targets workplaces with higher-than-average rates of on-the-job injuries and occupational illnesses. If you have been seriously injured in a workplace accident in Atlanta, Marietta, or elsewhere in Georgia, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak today. With our workers’ compensation lawyers on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the benefits you deserve for your injuries and medical bills.

Workers at Risk of Serious Injury or Death

The fines proposed by OSHA officials total $43,000 for two repeat violations, which occur when an employer has been previously cited for the same or a similar safety violation; one serious violation, which occurs when there is considerable probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known; and several other violations the agency considered to be less than serious. “This employer continues to disregard the safety and health of its employees by putting them at risk of serious injury or death,” said Christi Griffin, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-West Area Office. “It is the employer’s responsibility to protect workers and eliminate workplace hazards before an OSHA inspection or incident.”

Workplace Safety Violations

According to OSHA, the two repeat violations against Stafford Transport were cited for allowing workers to perform maintenance on landfill tippers, excavators and loaders without conducting annual inspections of the written procedures designed to protect workers from moving machine parts during servicing work; and for failing to provide the Hepatitis B vaccine to employees who could possibly be exposed to bloodborne pathogens on the job. The serious violation against the solid waste removal trucking company was cited for failure to properly train employees to safely operate a forklift, and the other violations included failing to conduct an annual review of the written bloodborne pathogens program, and failing to train workers on the new labeling requirements.

Our Workers’ Comp Lawyers Can Help

OSHA last inspected Stafford Transport back in 2011, and at the time, the company was cited for two serious violations, both of which were cited as repeat violations following this latest inspection. The fines proposed by the agency are designed to punish the employer for failing to adhere to safety rules and regulations that are designed to protect the health and safety of workers on the job site. If you have suffered injuries in a GA on-the-job accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal job site accident, consult our workers’ compensation lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak for legal help. You and your family may be entitled to medical or death benefits for your losses, which our skilled attorneys can help you pursue.