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Home Depot fined $150,700 by OSHA

11:25 AM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio -- Atlanta-based Home Depot has been fined more than $150,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The company faces seven repeat violations at its Reynoldsburg, Ohio, store. OSHA said the same violations were found at Home Depot stores throughout the country from 2010 to 2012.

"By failing to correct previously cited deficiencies, Home Depot continues to dismiss a culture of safety as a priority," Deborah Zubaty, OSHA's area director for Columbus, Ohio, said in a statement. "Employers who are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to worker safety and health."

The violations include failing to block exit routes, not closing unused openings in electrical cabinets, using flexible wiring instead of required fixed wiring, and installing plates on receptacles that exposed workers to 120 volts of live electricity.

An eighth new violation was issued for failing to bond and ground flammable liquid storage containers during transfer at the Reynoldsburg store.

Home Depot faces a total fine of $150,700 for the citations. It has 15 business days to pay the money, request a meeting with OSHA or dispute the findings.

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