OSHA cited Rural King Supply Inc., a national farm supply company, for failing to maintain forklifts properly at its facility in Xenia, Ohio. The company faces proposed penalties of $258,672.
OSHA responded to complaints that Rural King Supply Inc. allowed employees to operate a damaged forklift, despite employees’ reports of faulty brakes. OSHA investigators determined that the company failed to take the forklift out of service, or perform needed repairs.
“This employer ignored employee concerns about unsafe conditions, disregarded safety procedures, and put their workers at risk for serious injuries by failing to maintain safe equipment,” said Ken Montgomery, OSHA Cincinnati Area Office Director.