is fighting a proposed $14,000 OSHA fine in a forklift driver’s death

Online pet supplies retailer is contesting the $14,323 fine OSHA proposed after the agency investigated the December death of a forklift driver at Chewy’s Ocala facility.

That’s according to, which shows two citations in the death of Robert Pete, 49, who died while operating a stand-up forklift on Dec. 16.

Of the two violations, the one classified as Serious, carrying a $13,260 fine, stems from the facility exposing workers to struck-by or crushing hazards from using the Raymond 7000 series of forklifts. On those forklifts, OSHA’s Citation and Notification of Penalty says, there’s a struck-by and crushing hazard for workers because “the first level horizontal pallets shelf beams were higher than the top of the forklift operator compartment.”

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