Excelsior, MN -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/17/2015 -- Josh Cable, staff writer for EHS Today reported Cal/OSHA issued $308,435 in penalties to National Distribution Center LP (doing business as NFI) for failing to provide employees with foot protection at its Mira Loma, CA facility.
The agency cited the Cherry Hill, NJ-based logistics, warehousing and distribution firm for the same violation in 2012, and alleges that NFI failed to address the situation. "Prevention is vital to limiting accidents in warehouses where hazards are magnified by the size of the facility and number of employees," said Christine Baker, director of the California Department of Industrial Relations. "Unfortunately, the employer in this case did not follow through on an agreement to provide protection."
The Mira Loma facility is a cross-docking operation - a logistics procedure in which goods are unloaded quickly from inbound transportation docks and moved to outbound docks without storing them. At 599,340 square feet, the Mira Loma cross dock is one of the largest in the country, with 450 employees on-site. One serious citation alleges that NFI employees were exposed to foot injuries because they did not have appropriate protection when working near the facility's dozens of forklifts. Cal/OSHA also cited NFI to replace worn and faded painted stripes that delineate pedestrian aisles and forklift aisles, because the forklifts were observed driving through the pedestrian aisles to reach the dock doors.
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