State regulators have fined a pair of Inland Empire warehouse operating companies more than a quarter of a million dollars for allowing unsafe working conditions at four San Bernardino County distribution centers.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Wednesday said it issued $256,445 in citations for more than 60 violations found during a recent inspection of warehouses in Chino.
Cited were warehouse owner National Distribution Centers and its temporary staffing contractor, Tri State Staffing. The infractions included lack of fall protection for order-pickers working at heights, unstable storage stacking and unguarded machinery.
The state agency, known as Cal-OSHA, noted that National Distribution Centers and Tri State had a "dual-employer relationship" at three of the operations. The situation arises when one employer hires workers and provides them to another employer.