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Redline Steel in Tanner gets complaint of accused workplace hazards

A former employee told WAAY 31 of the accused hazards.

Posted: Jul 12, 2019 6:57 PM
Updated: Jul 12, 2019 6:58 PM

The home decor company, Redline Steel, in Tanner is being accused of workplace hazards.

No one from Redline Steel would go on camera with us on Friday, but they told us the accusations outlined in a three-page letter from the state are false.

The letter from Alabama's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, was sent to WAAY 31 by a man who claims to be a former employee. It's dated July 11th and in it, OSHA says it received complaints about potential workplace hazards.

Among them are temperatures reaching over 100 degrees due to no proper ventilation inside the warehouse, extension cords being chained together to provide power to equipment and having no access to first aid supplies or safety stations, such as an eye wash, readily available.

The letter states OSHA doesn't intend to conduct an investigation just yet. Instead, it's asking Redline Steel to look into the claims and to report back.

We contacted OSHA, which told us it couldn't give us the documents. It did confirm an open investigation and a request for Redline Steel to self-investigate the claims and to report back by July 18th.

A spokesperson for the manufacturing company told WAAY 31 the claims in the letter are false, but they are cooperating with OSHA and will meet next Thursday's deadline.

They said the building does get hot in the summer, but they have purchased more industrial fans and always have a refrigerator full of water.

The company said there is no threat to employee safety or well-being. The company also said as of Friday, they're under new management and have a full staff.

As for the letter OSHA sent the company, we've filed a request through the Freedom of Information Act to get a copy, and will let you know when we have it.

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