No Fees Unless You Recover Compensation
Law Offices of Bo Katzakian
866-658-7110

On-the-job injury still an issue at California warehouse

In 2012, the California division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration received a complaint about hazardous working conditions at one of the country's largest cross-docking facilities. When Cal/OSHA conducted an inspection of the operation, investigators found several violations that could easily lead to an on-the-job injury. The company, National Distribution Center LP -- which does business at this location as NFI -- appealed the citations, and a settlement was reached.

Fast-forwarding to February of this year, Cal/OSHA received notification that a worker's foot was run over by a forklift. This prompted investigators to reinspect the facility. At that time, it was discovered that the company did not hold up its end of the agreement. Foot protection that the company was supposed to provide to its workers was substandard and was not even distributed. Further, the painted lines meant to delineate lanes for forklifts versus pedestrians were faded, and inspectors observed forklifts traveling in what are supposed to be pedestrian-only lanes.

To some, foot protection and painted lines may not seem to warrant serious violations. However, the nature of a cross-docking facility does make it serious. In such a facility, goods are off-loaded in one area and immediately taken to another area to be loaded. Therefore, people and forklifts are constantly moving around the facility -- putting workers at risk. A broken foot may not seem like a life-threatening injury, but if a person loses a foot, he or she can no longer work in certain professions, including this facility.

Therefore, Cal/OSHA has once again imposed fines on NFI, which has again appealed the agency's proposed fines and citations. In the meantime, if anyone suffers from an on-the-job injury, he or she is entitled to benefits under California’s workers' compensation system. Those benefits will cover medical costs and recovery-related expenses, along with any loss of income, while the worker heals from an injury.

Source: workerscompensation.com, "Cal/OSHA Cites Warehouse Co Over $300,000 for Failing to Correct Serious Hazards at its Mira Loma Facility", , July 25, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Your Injury Won't Wait. Neither Should You. Tell Us About Your Case Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

12 South First Street
Suite 805
San Jose, CA 95113

Toll Free: 866-658-7110
Phone: 831-222-2980
Fax: 408-816-7856
Map & Directions

3196 S Higuera Street
Suite D
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Toll Free: 866-658-7110
Map & Directions

137 Central Avenue
Suite 8-A
Salinas, CA 93901

Toll Free: 866-658-7110
Map & Directions

Review Us