Take 5 Car Wash fined for “deadly electrical hazards”
A Take 5 Car Wash “repeatedly ignored reports of employees suffering electrical shocks for more than 14 months” at one of its Ohio locations, according to federal investigators from the Department of Labor.
Multiple American news media are writing about the case. The agency said it investigated a location in Beachwood, Ohio. Employees were allegedly subjected to rusted electrical boxes with live wires, improper use of flexible cords, and restrooms without properly grounded outlets.
The Department of Labor said to media site Lex8 that employees were “exposed daily to electrical hazards likely to result in electrocution when working near unguarded live parts of car wash equipment.”
The particular Take 5 Car Wash in Beachwood was cited for 13 safety violations.
No repairs being made
According to OSHA Area Director Howard Eberts, the Take 5 Car Wash’s management knew that live electrical hazards existed throughout the facility. “Employees suffered electrical shocks repeatedly, yet the management allowed them to continue working in these conditions and took several weeks to make repairs after a worker suffered electrical shock”. said .
The Department of Labor issued a fine of over $256,000 against the company.
Take 5 is part of Driven Brands Inc. This huge investor operates nearly 5,000 stores throughout the U.S. According to an August investor report, the company is expected to have $2.3 billion in revenue this year, bringing in over $500 million in earnings.