OSHA fines Menards for safety violati...

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

There are 66 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 14, 2009, titled OSHA fines Menards for safety violations in Nebraska man's death. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

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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Cape

Lexington, NE

#22 Jul 19, 2009
HEy great conversation!

you guys Im girl and I don't know much about

forklifts" but menards had what was coming

for them. "If they understood that they made a

mistake, then for them to keep buisness going

they'll have to pick it up and keep going.

nobody's the blame here". they just could of been

a little more focused! thats all.
JOS

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#23 Jul 19, 2009
alice wrote:
Does Menard check new employees for meth use?
yes but only for the good stuff....biker grade or better
alice

Kahului, HI

#24 Jul 19, 2009
don't let meth users on that forklift!
Smartass

Saint Paul, MN

#25 Jul 19, 2009
7K for loss of life ? That is an insult.
p t bull

Minneapolis, MN

#26 Jul 19, 2009
Wow, something happened in nebraska! Now that's news.
Knox

Saint Paul, MN

#27 Jul 19, 2009
Yep, da guys over at menards should go to jail. Dey ran us out of town, dey ain't got no guys working dere dat got any smarts. After we closed i went dere and asked for 8p nails 1 lb. I vas joking mit da kid dere vent I said some of the nails are for left handed hammers cuz the head was at da other end. He got me a new box and called his boss to tell him about the bad ones. Dat boss knew I was just joking and he got sopissed at the da kid.
This is a true story happened at the Maplewood Menards at Hwy 36 and 61.
JOS

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#28 Jul 19, 2009
alice wrote:
don't let meth users on that forklift!
Actually methamphetamine makes a excellent substitute fuel for forklifts...makes them run extra FAST compared to propane (a old school fossil fuel)....really just a super compound ...a outstanding alternative fuel for our new green revolution.
alice

Kahului, HI

#29 Jul 21, 2009
meth distorts perception and loosens tongues..please staff off it.
OSHAPro

United States

#30 Jul 24, 2009
No "license" is required to operate a forklift. The OSHA standard at 1910.178(l) staes the employer must insure their operators are trained and evaluated, and that they "certify" the training and evaluation have been performed by documenting everything. More info is available at http://www.osha10hourtraining.com for OSHA training requirements for forklift operators ...
weezal

Kearney, NE

#31 Jul 24, 2009
alice did your mom use drugs????? you are shit of an example for her
alice

Kahului, HI

#32 Jul 27, 2009
I am a teen but my mom warned me about meth and boys
weezal

Kearney, NE

#34 Jul 28, 2009
alice, suppose they had meth hid in the pile of lumber
alice

Kahului, HI

#35 Aug 1, 2009
I think weezal is right..that meth is a danger in the workplace
jim

Raleigh, NC

#37 Mar 19, 2010
depends on what the state rules are, if any.

OSHA requires operators to wear certification in plain view when operating power lift equipment.

that is why when you go to most HD, Lowe's, etc.
they wear it on the top of their shirt or apron.

BJ club has very poor safety rules, they double stack pallets and move them with out any barriers
in the NC stores.
alice

Kahului, HI

#39 Oct 16, 2010
Fionding workers free of meth is hard...I mean so many in SB use it and the work place is dangerous
Dan

Homer Glen, IL

#40 Oct 25, 2010
I used to work at menards in the receiving dept. a number of years back. I personally was trained and certified by Menards when I started working there. Granted the safety procedures are not as strict at Menards as at Home Depot, but I worked there for well over a year and nobody was ever injured as result of forklift operation while I worked there. Then again if you behaved like an idiot the management would suspend your certification for a year or more and operating the forklifts was almost our sole function. That and I don't recall anyone using meth.

I am in no way defending Menards or their safety policy, which is lacking. However I think that Home Depot goes a bit overboard with the safety. Competent, safety conscious operators are key. Spotters should always be used when necessary. Blocking off the isle is a bit extreme, but I understand why it's done, some customers have actually tried to run under the order picker while I was grabbing an item off the racks.
alice

Kahului, HI

#41 Oct 30, 2010
I agree Dan. We need to dug test these workers.
my nards

Denver, CO

#42 Oct 30, 2010
everything happens at my nards!
alice

Kahului, HI

#43 Nov 7, 2010
A lot of meth workers out there and they are dangerous
jusme

United States

#44 Nov 29, 2010
yes menards requires a drug test before you are even employed.

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