Pier 1 Imports distribution centers located in both Fort Worth and Mansfield, Texas, have come under fire by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which fined the company approximately $86,100 for three “serious” safety violations.
According to OSHA, the Pier 1 Imports distribution centers were responsible for failing to inspect forklifts, as well as failing to provide proper forklift training to its operators. As a result of the lack of training, one worker suffered an accident involving an electric pallet jack and required hospitalization for injuries sustained in the accident. The investigation into Pier 1’s distribution centers began shortly after the accident was reported. The company’s last citation against them involved damaged storage racks, which exposed Pier 1 Imports employees to “falling objects and struck-by hazards.”
In response to OSHA’s investigation and disciplinary action, Pier 1 Imports released the following statement:
“The safety of Pier 1 Imports’ associates is of the utmost importance. We strive to ensure that our associates have a safe work environment. Pier 1 Imports is fully cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding the recent matter. We are not able to share any additional information at this time.”
However, Jack Recto, OSHA’s area director in Fort Worth, described the violations against Pier 1 Imports in a statement:
“Pier 1 Imports exposed workers to hazardous but preventable conditions and ultimately jeopardized the safety of their workers in doing so. This complaint and report of a hospitalization have identified continual hazards which require immediate corrective action to prevent further injuries.”
Pier 1 Imports now has 15 business days to either comply with OSHA’s citations, request an informal conference with Mr. Recto, or challenge the citations and penalties against it before an independent review commission.