Labor cites U.S. Xpress, Dollar Tree Distribution center for hazardous conditions

The U.S. Department of Labor cited U.S. Xpress Inc. and Dollar Tree Distribution Center Inc. for hazardous work conditions that resulted in the death of a Savannah employee. (Special Photo)

SAVANNAH — Hazardous work conditions and the death of an employee lead to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, citing businesses U.S. Xpress Inc. and Dollar Tree Distribution Center Inc.

Both companies were cited for exposing workers to hazards and on-site dangers that resulted in the death of an employee, who was killed by an industrial truck at the distribution center in Savannah. U.S. Xpress Inc. and Dollar Tree Distribution Center Inc. were cited for failing to ensure that employees wore high-visibility vests while working at night inside the center, as stated in a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Dollar Tree Distribution Center was also cited for “using a vehicle with a non-functioning headlight, failing to guard a nip point on a conveyor discharge belt and storing unstable materials on racks.”

“This tragedy could have been prevented had the employer assessed the workplace for hazards and taken action to eliminate the safety risks to employees,” OSHA’s Savannah Area Office Director Margo Westmoreland said.

U.S Xpress Inc. faces penalties of $12,934, and Dollar Tree Distribution Center Inc. faces penalties of $130,112.

The companies have 15 business days after receiving the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with Westmoreland or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions are met by enforcing standards and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.

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