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Region 8 News Release: OSHA 08-1288-DEN
Sept. 10, 2008
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1302


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA cites Travel Centers of America truck service garage for multiple safety and health violations

LIMON, Colo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the Travel Centers of America (TCA) truck service garage in Limon for 16 alleged serious and repeat violations of federal safety and health standards. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $181,500.

OSHA initiated its inspection on April 7 after receiving a formal complaint alleging employee exposure to electrical, combustible liquids and compressed gas hazards at the facility. The inspection was limited to the truck servicing bays where the violations were confirmed.

"Our inspection revealed that TCA failed to protect its employees," said John Healy, OSHA's area office director in Englewood, Colo. "Employers must correct known hazards to keep their employees safe at all times."

OSHA cited the TCA facility, proposing $39,000 in fines, for nine serious violations that addressed hazards associated with floor openings, egress, housekeeping, compressed gas and electrical hazards. Serious violations exist when there is a substantial probability that death or serious harm could result, and the employer should have known of the hazard.

The repeat violations, with proposed penalties totaling $142,500, address a variety of hazards associated with electrical, stairways, exit signage, flammable/combustible liquids and the storage of oxygen cy