The California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health has issued $256,445 in citations to two companies for violations discovered during warehouse inspections that found unsafe working conditions.
Cal/OSHA issued citations to warehouse owner National Distribution Centers and its temporary staffing contractor, Tri State Staffing, for more than 60 violations at four warehouses in San Bernardino County. The violations include lack of fall protection for high-rise pickers, unstable storage stacking and unguarded machinery.
“California law requires all employers to identify and mitigate safety risks in the workplace,” said DIR Director Christine Baker. “In the warehouse industry, low-wage workers are particularly vulnerable to unsafe working conditions where work is often hidden from public view. Hazards include moving vehicles, precariously stacked goods and unguarded equipment.”
Cal/OSHA found a dual-employer relationship—where one employer hires workers and provides them to another employer—at three of the four warehouses inspected. In this situation, both employers are potentially liable for violations of safety and health regulations that are meant to prevent workers’ injuries or illnesses.
For more information on the citations, read a press release by clicking here.