Frick Service, Inc. Exposes Workers to Electrical Hazards

Frick Service, Inc. Exposes Workers to Electrical Hazards

OSHA cites 32 serious health & safety violations at Portage, Ind., storage facility

On Aug. 28, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Indianapolis Area Office initiated an inspection after receiving a formal complaint alleging unsafe working conditions. Frick Services, Inc. provides industrial, agricultural and residential storage that is serviceable by water and rail to its clients.

Investigation findings: Ten serious violations were cited related to electrical safety. OSHA's investigation found employees were exposed to electrical hazards because equipment used in damp or wet conditions was not rated for such use, outdoor electrical equipment was not protected from accidental contact by vehicle traffic and flexible cords were used where permanent wiring should have been installed.

An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm can result from a hazard an employer knew or show have known exist.

Proposed Penalties: $74,200.

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