OSHA cites Loaf ‘N Jug for Frisco fire in August
FRISCO – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has slapped Loaf ‘N Jug with $92,500 in fines for workplace safety violations related to the August fire on Main Street in Frisco.The fire injured seven people and burned three vehicles, four gas pumps and the gas station canopy. The flames ignited while a Loaf ‘N Jug employee was performing maintenance work on pump No. 4.OSHA issued the citations on Jan. 27 and Loaf ‘N Jug has until Feb. 28 to address the workplace safety violations listed in the citation.OSHA inspectors found that “employees performing maintenance on fuel dispensing devices did not possess the requisite knowledge to safely perform maintenance on such systems,” according to the citation. The inspectors also determined that Loaf ‘N Jug did not have step-by-step control procedures to protect its employees charged with maintenance duties “to ensure that pressurized gasoline was shut off and locked and tagged out, and that all electrical power to the dispensing devices, to the pump servicing the dispensing devices, and to all associated control circuits was shut off and locked or tagged out at the main electrical disconnect panel.”OSHA further cited Loaf ‘N Jug for failing to provide employees with protective clothing and equipment, and access to emergency shut-off devices.The employee injured in the fire suffered severe burns and was hospitalized until mid-November, according to Frisco Loaf ‘N Jug employee Kathy Dunahugh.”It’s taken awhile, but he’s coming along,” Dunahugh said. “He’s pretty mobile, but he’s still doing physical therapy. He’s making progress.”Officials from Loaf ‘N Jug’s corporate offices plan to meet with OSHA officials to discuss the citations.”Loaf ‘N Jug has clear policies in place regarding the on-site maintenance of fuel equipment. Such work is to be performed only by trained and certified Loaf ‘N Jug employees retained for this purpose or by similarly qualified employees of its subcontractor,” reads a statement from Kroger, Loaf ‘N Jug’s parent company.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or email@example.com.
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