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OSHA squeezes fines from Dick’s in trash bin case

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

In baseball, a “squeeze play” is a risky gamble. According to OSHA, Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods almost gave a whole new meaning to the phrase.

The retail chain recently received hefty fines after OSHA safety inspectors discovered that managers at a store in New York failed to turn off a trash compactor before ordering employees to climb inside to clear jammed cardboard boxes.

OSHA also cited the company for failing to have safe entrances to confined areas and failing to train workers how to work safely in confined spaces.

Dick’s faces $57,300 in fines—along with OSHA’s strong suggestion that the firm look at the same safety issues at its other stores.

It’s not the first time OSHA has fined Dick’s stores. In October 2010, another New York store was cited for repeat violations for obstructing fire extinguishers and failing to train employees how to operate them.

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