Car Auction Co and Staffing Agency Pay Hefty OSHA Penalties

BOSTON, MA  The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement with Lynnway Auto Auction Inc., in which the Billerica facility agrees to correct hazards, implement significant safety measures, and pay $200,000 in penalties.

The Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Lynnway for 16 violations following a May 2017 incident in which an SUV fatally struck five people during an auto auction.

Lynnway Auto Auction Inc., located in Billerica, has agreed to correct hazards, implement significant safety measures, and pay $200,000 in penalties. TrueBlue Inc., doing business as PeopleReady, which supplied temporary employees to Lynnway, also agreed to correct hazards, implement a traffic control program, and pay a $12,675 penalty. OSHA cited the staffing firm for exposing employees to struck-by hazards.

Lynnway has agreed in the settlement to the following:

  • Designate and mark non-driving locations, walkways, and crosswalks;
  • Post and enforce speed limits throughout its premises; ensure all auction management and workers directing auction lane traffic wear high-visibility vests in all traffic areas on the premises;
  • Conduct weekly driver safety meetings before each weekly auction;
  • Review all accidents and near misses involving struck-by and crushing hazards; and
  • Periodically evaluate employees’ driving capabilities and licenses.

Trueblue Inc. agreed to:

  • Develop and implement a safe driving program for all PeopleReady auction drivers;
  • Ensure that all PeopleReady employees provided to the host employer demonstrate proficient knowledge of the auction safety rules and driver safety procedures; and
  • Provide training at least annually, plus retraining whenever deficiencies or non-compliance with safety products are found.