On complaint of a worker, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA} inspected an Advance Auto Parts store located in Kansas City, Missouri, for possible asbestos, mold and hygiene hazards.
On inspection, OSHA inspectors found one repeated and ten serious safety and health violations. According to Barbara Theriot, OSHA’s area director in Kansas City, “Exposure to asbestos is a dangerous workplace issue that can cause loss of lung function and cancer, among other serious health effects. When Advance Auto uses an older building with presumed asbestos-containing material, such as floor tiles, it has a responsibility to conduct periodic air monitoring and must post warning signs for workers…The company also has a responsibility to maintain the building in a sanitary and safe manner. OSHA found persistent flooding, which caused mold growth and created lower-level slip and fall hazards. This is unacceptable.”
Following the inspection, the OSHA inspectors have imposed a fine of $60,000 on Advance Auto Parts store management.