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Enforcement News : OSHA Cites Automobile Dealership for Willful and Serious Safety Violations after Three Die in Fatal Flash Fire

Fire safety
On December 11, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a news release regarding its issuance of three citations to an automobile dealership where a fatal flash fire occurred. Inspectors determined that the fire, which injured two employees and fatally injured three employees, occurred when employees were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the floor of the service pit. OSHA stressed the importance of implementing an effective hazardous communication program in the release, which it says would have saved the lives of the individuals who died in the fire. The safety violations for which the dealership was issued citations were identified in the news release as:
  • failing to implement all elements of a chemical hazard communication program,
  • improper storage of flammable liquids, and
  • allowing unapproved electrical receptacles and equipment to be used in a hazardous area.
Source: OSHA News Release – Region 4, “U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Auto Dealership after Fatal Fire,” Dec. 11, 2017, https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region4/12112017.

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