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Two Colorado Pep Boys auto centers cited by US Department of Labor's
OSHA for serious and repeat safety violations
Company continues to expose employees to workplace hazards; fines total $58,300
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Two Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack of Delaware Inc. work sites in Aurora and Lone Tree were cited for two repeat and one serious violation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to abate previously cited violations and continuing to expose workers to hazards from dangerous equipment. OSHA began its inspection of the automotive service centers in December 2013 after receiving a worker complaint. Proposed penalties total $58,300.
"Pep Boys continues to expose its workers to safety hazards while working under elevated vehicles by failing to provide safety locks and blocking. This negligence concerning worker safety is unacceptable and will not be tolerated," said David Nelson, OSHA's area director in Englewood.
One repeat violation, with a penalty of $27,500, was cited at the Aurora location on 12820 E. Mississippi Ave. for exposing workers to crushing hazards while working under elevated vehicles. Automotive lifts were not lowered onto the safety locks or supported by adequate stands to prevent the vehicle from falling in case the lift failed. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were previously cited at one