Gwinnett company fined $188K for OSHA safety, health violations

The Norcross facility of Transdev Services, Inc. has been fined $188,714 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the department announced.

Transdev, an international transportation company, has 210 employees at its Norcross facility including mechanics, customer service representatives and bus drivers. The company has fixed the issues it was cited for, spokesperson Mitun Seguin said.

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“Transdev is committed to the safety of our employees, passengers and community at all times. We have remediated all findings that we were made aware of in the February 2019 OSHA audit and associated exit interview,” Seguin said. “Additionally, we are meeting with OSHA next week for further follow-up and are committed to addressing any additional concerns that may remain. Safety remains our top priority at all times.”

Four of the five violations Transdev was cited for are repeat violations, according to OSHA. They include chemical hazards, lack of proper employee training and a lack of preventative safety measures.

Employees were regularly handling corrosive chemicals — three kinds of industrial cleaning liquids typically used for buses and other large vehicles, according to the OSHA report. Employees at the Norcross worksite did not have easy access to emergency showers in case of chemical burns, and chemicals were not properly labeled, an OSHA report says.

The company was also cited for the same violations in October 2018.

Employees were also not adequately trained to handle the chemicals or to safely operate a forklift, two more repeat violations previously cited in October 2018, OSHA said. The company was fined $63,860 for the October 2018 violations.

In another violation, the company was cited for a lack of training in firefighting and fire extinguisher use.

“Employers have a legal duty to continuously identify and eliminate safety and health hazards at their work sites,” OSHA Atlanta-East Area Director William Fulcher said in a press release. “OSHA’s safety and health standards are in place to ensure that employees can make it home to their families after work each day.”

The violations must be corrected by Aug. 5, according to the OSHA paperwork.

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