Home Depot: the world’s largest home improvement store. There are more than 2,000 stores in the United States that hold power tools, equipment, paint, lumber and much more to help people fix up their houses. But what some Home Depot employees may not know is that some of the stores also house workplace hazards that could cause injury and even death.
A recent inspection in a Home Depot retail store resulted in a number of OSHA citations for violations that could also exist in stores across the country. Violations included blocking exit routes, leaving wiring exposed with risk of electrical shock, and damaged insulation. What is even more concerning is that some of these violations are repeat violations, existing hazards that the retailer failed to remediate.
Employers should take steps to help ensure worker safety on-the-job. Unfortunately as we can see from this particular example, this may not always be the case.
Source: My Fox Atlanta, “OSHA fines Home Depot $150,700; repeat safety hazards,” August 27, 2013.