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Rick's Autobody Cited by OSHA

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A Missoula auto body shop is fined $51,100 in OSHA violations after a fire.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an August inspection at Rick's Auto Body and found nine serious violations of workplace safety and health standards.

"In this case, the employer disregarded necessary safety measures, placing employees in harm's way," said Jeff Funke, OSHA's area director in Billings. "The inspection, prompted by a workplace fire, identified the improper storage of flammable liquids at the facility and inadequate grounding and bonding methods for the transfer of flammable liquids."

A press release states,"The serious violations identified during the investigation include: improper storage of flammable and combustible materials, use of storage containers not approved for flammable goods and failure to store overhead materials securely. The employer was also cited for failing to label emergency exits, ensure adequate controls for leakage or the escape of flammable materials, and ground electrical equipment around combustible materials. Additionally, the site was improperly ventilated and lacked sufficient fire sprinkler systems, endangering individuals in an emergency. A serious citation is issued when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known."

The company now has 15 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.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

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