Building Materials Distributor Cited After Fatal Accident

OSHA has cited Benson Guam Enterprises Inc. for exposing employees to struck-by hazards after an employee suffered fatal injuries when several doors fell on him as he unloaded a shipping container.

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HAGATNA, GU â€” The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Benson Guam Enterprises Inc.—based in Hagatna, Guam—for exposing employees to struck-by hazards after an employee suffered fatal injuries when several doors fell on him as he unloaded a shipping container.

OSHA cited the company for failing to secure stored materials to prevent accidental movement or shifting, provide a place of employment free from recognized hazards, and conduct performance evaluations of powered industrial truck operators at least once every three years. The company faces $16,575 in penalties.

“This company’s failure to comply with materials handling and storage requirements led to this preventable tragedy,” said OSHA Honolulu Area Office Director Roger Forstner. “Following safety procedures is essential for protecting employees’ safety.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

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