Port Allen trucking company fined for safety hazards
PORT ALLEN - Federal safety officials fined a Port Allen trucking company $156,000 for more than 30 safety violations, including refusing to install proper guardrails on their tanker trucks.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the fine against Transporter Maintenance and Inspection LLC on Aug. 6. They said the company had one willful violation, 27 serious and five other violations for exposing workers to health and safety hazards.
"Management knew that workers could have fallen and suffered serious injuries, but they willfully chose not to outfit all the tanker trailers with guardrail systems or provide a personal fall arrest system for the workers," said Dorinda Folse, area director for OSHA's Baton Rouge Area Office.
Inspectors said they found the hazards during a complaint inspection on July 31. The company is a subsidiary of L & B Holdings LLC.
The company may contest the fines, otherwise they're required to pay them within 15 days.