OSHA fines Menards for safety violations in Nebraska man's death

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Federal authorities have fined a Scottsbluff business $7,000 for an on-the-job accident that killed a 24-year-old worker in March.
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NoDOubt

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jul 14, 2009
OSHA, always late to the game......for the employee who dies or is hurt.
Stanley

Minnetonka, MN

#2 Jul 14, 2009
Yes, too little too late. Maybe the store managers should pay attention to what is going on.. instead of sitting in the office counting the money.
Common sense

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jul 14, 2009
Or maybe people can be accountable for their actions and in this case, think that maybe things weren't looking right or safe?
Just Ask

Omaha, NE

#4 Jul 14, 2009
I was in Menards last night and asked one of the drivers while loading some blocks for me if they had a FL license and they asked what is that!
mnremark

United States

#5 Jul 14, 2009
Just Ask wrote:
I was in Menards last night and asked one of the drivers while loading some blocks for me if they had a FL license and they asked what is that!
FL license? Forklift license? There is no such thing as a forklift license. Most forklifts are used only by businesses, like Menards, and usually don't require a "forklift license." Most businesses train their employees in how to operate a forklift, More often then not the only license that's required is a valid drivers license and that they be 18yo and older.

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Since: Feb 08

St. Paul

#6 Jul 14, 2009
mnremark wrote:
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FL license? Forklift license? There is no such thing as a forklift license. Most forklifts are used only by businesses, like Menards, and usually don't require a "forklift license." Most businesses train their employees in how to operate a forklift, More often then not the only license that's required is a valid drivers license and that they be 18yo and older.
Well, actually there is a certification course and this site claims certification is needed to legally operate a forklift.

http://www.forkliftacademy.com/
alice

Los Altos, CA

#7 Jul 14, 2009
I agree and with so many workers here on meth, accidents happen way too much.

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Since: Feb 08

St Paul, MN

#9 Jul 14, 2009
Wilgeno wrote:
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Well, actually there is a certification course and this site claims certification is needed to legally operate a forklift.
http://www.forkliftacademy.com/
That doesn't necessarily mean that a license is needed to operate a forklift. Many organizations claim a license is needed to encourage training or mandate a license, whether or not a particular industry (or state) requires it.

Do some homework: is a forklift license required in Nebraska? Anywhere else?
alice

Los Altos, CA

#10 Jul 15, 2009
a license will not guarantee that the fork life operator will not get on meth and present a danger to you. Please use strong sanctions against workers on thats tuff. It is all over western nebraska.
Big Al

Kelseyville, CA

#11 Jul 15, 2009
http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/ote/trng-materials/p...

"1. What is the definition of a powered industrial truck?
Any mobile power-propelled truck used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack or tier materials."

"The standard requires employers to develop and implement a training program based on the general principles of safe truck operation, the types of vehicle(s) being used in the workplace, the hazards of the workplace created by the use of the vehicle(s), and the general safety requirements of the OSHA standard. "

"...The OSHA standard does not require employees to be licensed. An employer may choose to issue licenses to trained operators."

"The OSHA standard requires that the employer certify that each operator has received the training and has been evaluated. The written certification record must include the name of the operator, the date of the training, the date of the evaluation, and the identify of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation."
OSHAPro

United States

#12 Jul 16, 2009
Just because a company is issued OSHA citations does not mean they are (or are not) in compliance with OSHA reg's. Sometimes OSHA issues citations incorrectly, because of poor investigation or because they don't have all pertinent info. More info about OSHA citations and appeals process can be obtained online at www.osha10hourtraining.com if you are interested.
alice

Los Altos, CA

#13 Jul 16, 2009
Read OSHA reports to see the connection between drugs and industrial accidents. You will find that drugs are often suspected in unexplained accidents. I am not saying it is the only cause..just one.
Jay

Gothenburg, NE

#14 Jul 16, 2009
Perhaps that's the cause of your lack of brain cells
Home Depot Employee

Kearney, NE

#15 Jul 16, 2009
All biases aside, I'm at that store all the time and the safety standards are pathetic. I've got friends that work there they have accidents all the time. Home Depot is currently at 120 days without a lost time. I almost got hit by a driver cruising down the lane honking not waiting for anyone. People get annoyed at the Depot requiring gates to be set up, spotters used. Menards just uses their horn. Theres a reason our landscape timbers are only stacked one bay high in self standing restraints. Regards to the family it's so terrible that the fact they're privately owned and not closely watched causes them to be so careless when it comes to safety.
alice

Los Altos, CA

#16 Jul 18, 2009
Home Depot Employee wrote:
All biases aside, I'm at that store all the time and the safety standards are pathetic. I've got friends that work there they have accidents all the time. Home Depot is currently at 120 days without a lost time. I almost got hit by a driver cruising down the lane honking not waiting for anyone. People get annoyed at the Depot requiring gates to be set up, spotters used. Menards just uses their horn. Theres a reason our landscape timbers are only stacked one bay high in self standing restraints. Regards to the family it's so terrible that the fact they're privately owned and not closely watched causes them to be so careless when it comes to safety.
well said but when some workers use meth, can you really ever be safe?
GoAway

United States

#17 Jul 18, 2009
Reports say that Alice is an idiot and is addicted to the topic of meth. Nobody is safe around Alice.
JOS

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Jul 19, 2009
Save big money when you shop Menards

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Since: Feb 08

St. Paul

#19 Jul 19, 2009
JOS wrote:
Save big money when you shop Menards
Going to Menards now to save big money. Hope I get out alive.
JOS

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Jul 19, 2009
Your money or your life...and cheap 2X4s
alice

Los Altos, CA

#21 Jul 19, 2009
Does Menard check new employees for meth use?

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