Illinois Home Depot Store Fined $55,000 by OSHA

A Home Depot store in Chicago was cited for alleged safety violations, including failing to remove damaged equipment from service by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company faces proposed penalties of $55,000.

Two repeat citations, with proposed penalties of $50,000, include failing to ensure damaged and defective fall protection equipment was removed from service, and failing to remove powered industrial vehicles from service when defects were found.

Home Depot was cited for the same violations in 2007 and 2008 in Rochester, N.Y., and Chicago, respectively.

One serious violation, with a proposed penalty of $5,000 was issued for failing to maintain capacity plates on powered industrial vehicles.

Home Depot has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference or contest the findings.

Source: OSHA