The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has

cited Central Transport LLC for 12 safety and health violations. These violations are a

combination of 8 serious, 4 willful, and 2 repeat safety violations. They come in response to

inspections in of their freight shipping terminals in Billerica, Massachusetts, in Illinois, and in

Mississippi in May and November of this year. The violations center on hazards from

electrocution, falls, and crushing. These violations carry proposed penalties of $330,800. The

repeat violations total $44,000 of that, the serious violations total 44800, and the willful

violations total 242,000.

“Several hazards were brought to management’s attention, but the company took no corrective

action, while other conditions were strikingly similar to violations for which Central Transport

was previously cited at its locations in Illinois and Mississippi. The cited conditions put

employees at risk of deadly or disabling injuries,” said Jeffrey A. Erskine, OSHA’s acting deputy

regional administrator for New England. “It’s clear that Central Transport must systematically

and effectively address and eliminate hazards at all its locations. The safety and well-being of its

employees, now and in the future, depend on it.”

This is a substantial fine levied against Central Transport, LLC. This shows the importance of a

well-crafted safety and health management system which properly establishes all safety policies

and procedures. With that in place, it is much easier to ensure your employees are following the

correct workplace activities. If you do not have an effective safety and health management

system in place, or if it is due for an update, it might be time to contact a qualified third party

occupational safety and health auditing firm to help you get up to speed.

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