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Region 1 News Release: 08-420-BOS/BOS 2008-102
Mon., April 8, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074


Con-Way Freight cited for safety violations by U.S. Labor Department's OSHA following death of forklift operator at Manchester, N.H., depot
Michigan-based delivery company also cited after similar 2003 accident in Texas

CONCORD, N.H. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a total of $119,500 in fines against Con-Way Freight Inc., an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based delivery carrier, for alleged willful, repeat and serious safety violations following an inspection at the company's Manchester, N.H., service center.

The inspection was prompted by an Oct. 3, 2007, accident in which a Con-Way Freight employee died when he was crushed beneath the forklift he was operating after it went off the edge of a loading dock. OSHA's inspection found that the employee had not been using the forklift's seatbelt, and the company had not trained him and other forklift operators to follow the manufacturer's guideline that seatbelts be used during operation.

"Manufacturer guidelines require the use of seatbelts, and OSHA's powered industrial truck standard mandates that employers train their forklift operators to follow those guidelines," said Francis Pagliuca, OSHA's acting area director for New Hampshire. "Con-Way Freight repeatedly has refused to require forklift operators to use seatbelts even though another employee died in a similar