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Lowe's store in Texas cited for workplace safety violations

Typically, when we think of employers who ignore workplace safety policies, we don't think of huge, well-known companies that can easily afford to follow the rules. But the truth is that workplace safety violations occur across many types of businesses and industries.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Lowe's Home Centers Inc. after safety violations were discovered during an inspection at its retail store in Killeen, Texas. The company was cited with three serious and two repeat safety violations in total.

OSHA inspectors said the serious violations stemmed from hazardous conditions that exposed Lowe's workers to a threat of serious injury or death. The company was cited for failing to illuminate exit signs, failing to keep exposed lamps safe and secure, and failing to properly guard electrical receptacles.

The repeat violations were for failing to mount fire extinguishers and failing to keep exposed florescent lamps safe and secure. The company had been cited for these two safety violations previously within the past five years at other store locations.

An OSHA spokesperson said that the agency would not allow "repeated negligence in failing to keep workers safe from possible injuries," and revealed that the repeat violations could have resulted in a worker being electrocuted.

While companies may think that keeping up with OSHA standards is a pain or unnecessary, the truth is that these workplace regulations save lives. There are far too many workplace deaths that occur each year in Texas, so it is time that employers start paying better attention to safety.

Source: OSHA Regional News Release, "US Labor Department's OSHA cites Lowe's Home Centers Inc. in Killeen, Texas, for exposing workers to electrical, other safety hazards," Dec. 19, 2012

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