An international cargo handling company was cited by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 22 serious violations, one willful violation and one non-serious violation after regulators said it exposed dozens of workers to deadly hazards.
OSHA announced Friday that it proposed $379,709 in penalties against W8 Shipping LLC after inspectors found the company exposed workers at a warehouse in the Port of Savannah, Georgia to the risk of being hit or crushed by falling cars and motorcycles lifted by forklifts during loading – and unloading processes.
The company was also cited for not providing proper eye protection to employees working with liquid propane tanks and nail guns, for allowing workers to drive motorized industrial trucks with obstructed vision, and for allowing employees to work on trailers at heights over six feet without fall protection.
The company, which began as a Tampa-based auto sales operation in 2005, is an international freight forwarder that provides global shipping services for exported vehicles. It operates warehouses in California, New Jersey, Texas and Washington.
The company has 15 working days to contest the referrals.