Fire and police officials are pictured investigating a June 12 blaze that killed three service employees and seriously injured two others at the Carl Cannon dealership in Jasper, Ala.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Carl Cannon Inc. of Jasper, Ala., have reached a settlement agreement to resolve penalties stemming from an investigation after three employees were fatally injured in a fire at one of the company's dealerships in June 2017.
The company will pay $114,074 after an investigation found employees were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the service pit floor at the time the fire occurred. Four employees sustained major injuries in the service department of Carl Cannon Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac, while a fifth employee was treated for smoke inhalation but was released.
Federal safety regulators previously proposed penalizing the dealership $152,099. Three safety citations -- one willful, two serious -- were issued by OSHA last year against the dealership for failing to implement all elements of a chemical hazard communication program, improperly storing flammable liquids and allowing the use of unauthorized electrical receptacles and equipment in hazardous areas.
According to a Department of Labor release Tuesday, as part of the settlement, "The company agreed to provide the required abatement documentation and comply with safety and health standards."
"This settlement serves as a commitment by the employer to abate identified workplace hazards, and ensure continuous compliance with OSHA safety standards to prevent a tragedy such as this from recurring," OSHA Birmingham Area Office Director Ramona Morris said in the statement.
A wrongful-death suit also was filed in Walker County Circuit Court in July 2017 on behalf of the children of one of the employees.
The attorney for Carl Cannon Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment by Automotive News.