The company behind Monday’s industrial accident in Lockport that left two men dead has a history of workplace safety violations, according to public records obtained by 7 Eyewitness News.
XPO Logistics is well-known to federal labor officials who regulate workplace safety. In the last two years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has investigated XPO for three workplace accidents in New York State, though none occurred in the Buffalo region.
Last June, a truck driver at XPO’s Albany warehouse fractured his pelvis when he was struck by an 800-pound box, federal records show. The employee was “hospitalized for two or more days.”
Then in August, at its New York City location, another XPO employee was injured when he was struck by a tractor trailer. The employee “suffered fractured ribs” and was hospitalized, records show.
In January of this year, OSHA began investigating another complaint at its Albany location relating to a forklift. That incident is still under investigation.
It is unclear whether the company was fined for any of these violations. The company was also cited for violations in other states.
Erin Kurtz, an XPO spokeswoman, did not respond to an email seeking comment about the company’s safety record.