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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, January 13, 2014

OSHA Significant Citations - Forever 21 Cited

OSHA defines a significant citation as one with more than $100,000 in proposed fines. An OSHA citation is a claim by OSHA that there has been a safety violation. It does not mean a violation has taken place, nor that the violation is as severe as claimed. The company has 15 days to contest OSHA claims.  The following are the citations OSHA announced last week that have total fines greater than $100,000.

OSHA Proposes Fines Against Forever 21 For Safety Violations At Two Stores ($236,500)


OSHA has cited fashion retail chain Forever 21 for exposing employees to safety hazards at its stores in Paramus, N.J., and Manhattan, NY.  OSHA inspected both stores in July after receiving complaints alleging violations and proposed $236,500 in penalties.

Inspectors cited the company for four repeat violations at the Paramus store, including:
  • obstructed exit routes.
  • a fire extinguisher that was not mounted and readily accessible.
  • stored material that was not secured against sliding or collapse.
  • fluorescent lights that had no cover to prevent accidental contact or breakage.
Inspectors issued citations for two repeat violations to the Manhattan store, including obstructed exit routes and fluorescent lights with no covers. A serious citation was also issued because the store was not kept clean and orderly.

A repeat citation is issued when a substantially similar violation is found at any of an employer's facilities in federal enforcement states within five years of a previous citation. The company was previously cited for these violations in 2012. OSHA issues a serious citation when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.

Citations can be viewed at:
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Forever21_Retail_Inc_924027_0102_14.pdf
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Forever21_922344_JANUARY2014.pdf

Forever 21 has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet informally with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


Related Past Posts:
More Than $630,000 In Fines
OSHA End Of December Citations
Five Significant Citations Announced Last Week

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