Federal officials regulators fined a Pep Boys service center in Connecticut $75,000 for safety violations.
OSHA issued the fine after an inspection of the facility found that workers in the Hamden, Conn. store’s service area were exposed to electric shock hazards from damaged power cords, as well as to cuts and lacerations from a grinder that lacked a safety guards.
OSHA cited Philadelphia-based Pep Boys in September 2009 for similar hazards at its Orange, Connecticut store. As a result, OSHA issued the repeat citations with $70,000 in proposed fines. A repeat citation 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.
Pep Boys was issued the serious citation with a fine of $5,000 for missing face plates on an electrical outlet box and a snap switch box. A serious citation is issued 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.
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