Nichole Hannahs

Home Improvement Store Cited for Safety Violations

by Nichole Hannahs on July 23, 2014 at 5:05 am

A popular home improvement store faces citations for repeat electrical hazards and could pay a penalty of $53,240.

Lowe’s Incorporated has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for five repeat and one serious safety violations for exposing workers to electrical hazards and failing to provide information on respiratory protection to employee’s of its Zanesville store.

OSHA’s Columbus Area Director Deborah Zubaty said electrical safe work practices and respiratory protection are among the ten most frequently cited OSHA standards.

According to a press release from the Department of Labor an OSHA inspection in March of 2014 showed the store reported higher than average injury rate.

The repeat electrical violations involve using cords in lieu of fixing wiring, failing to guard live parts of electrical equipment against accidental contact and not closing unused openings in electrical panels.

A serious violation was also issued for not installing and using electrical equipment in accordance with listed or labeled instructions.

Lowe’s based in Mooresville, North Carolina has fifteen business days to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the Independent Occupational Safety and Health review commission.