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Forklift Safety Issues Cited at Alliance Ground International

Forklift safety issues were at the forefront of a recent OSHA inspection at Alliance Ground International.Forklift safety issues took center stage in a Sept. 8, 2016 inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.     Alliance Ground International was issued a number of citations to the cargo-handling company. The citations, nine in total, range from “willful” to “other-than-serious” in classification and were the result of a March investigation of the company’s O’Hare airport facility, prompted by an anonymous complaint. OSHA has attached a proposed penalty of $338,881 to the violations. Alliance Ground International is a major cargo-handling company and their clients include, Amerijet, Delta, Finnair, Transaero, and Virgin.

This marks the third time in three years that Alliance Ground has been found in violation, involving struck-by and electrical hazards, as well as being cited for forklift safety issues. OSHA found similar violations involving these hazards at Alliance’s Chicago facility in September of 2014 and at Alliance’s Schiller Park facility in December of 2013.

OSHA issued citations for three forklift safety issues and three other critical safety items:

  • Failure to remove damaged forklifts from service
  • Failure to inspect forklifts on a shift-by-shift basis
  • Failure to use manufacturer-recommended parts when repairing forklifts
  • Failure to maintain fully-charged fire extinguishers
  • Failure to conduct monthly fire extinguisher inspection
  • Employee exposure to open panels and exposed wiring

Angeline Loftus, OSHA’s Chicago North Area Director, Angeline Loftus, said, “Simply securing these portable fuel containers with clamps provided by the manufacturer will prevent workers from being exposed to containers jarring loose, slipping, or rotating, and potentially striking workers who transport goods around the clock at one the nation’s busiest airports. Airport terminals are inherently dangerous working environments and Alliance Ground International needs to re-evaluate its forklift operating procedures to ensure they are protecting workers on the job.”

OSHA-authorized training courses can be a useful resource for safety leader professionals tasked with maintaining compliance within their respective companies. The cargo-handling violations which Alliance Ground was cited for, as mentioned in this article, are violations which are avoidable with proper training.