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OSHA: Coca-Cola Repeatedly Fizzles Out When It Comes to Safety

A Coca-Cola distribution warehouse in New Jersey was cited for six violations, a number of which related to blocked and unmarked exits.

OSHA cited a Coca-Cola distribution warehouse in New Jersey repeat and serious health and safety violations.

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc.'s distribution warehouse in Monmouth Junction was cited for four repeat and two serious violations.

Repeat violations were obstructed exit routes, unmarked exits, a lack of illuminated emergency exit signs and improper storage of compressed gas cylinders.

The serious violations were unguarded floor holes and lack of refresher training on forklifts.

"Blocked exit routes and unmarked exits pose a serious danger to Coca-Cola's warehouse employees, as they prevent quick escape in case of an emergency," said Patricia Jones, director of OSHA's Avenel Office.

"Employers have a legal obligation to ensure workers have a safe and healthy workplace, and will be held accountable when they fail to do so."

OSHA proposed fines of $61,600 for the violations.

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. manufactures and distributes Coca-Cola brand products at facilities across the United States.

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