OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency of the OSH Act’s penalty structure or whether most employers strive to provide safe and healthy workplaces out of fear of enforcement, few can question OSHA’s creative use of “alternative tools” to incentivize compliance. Foremost among those tools is OSHA’s power of the press.
Every week, OSHA identifies by name several employers that have been cited for occupational safety and health violations. Here’s the Perp Walks for the week of December 26th.
- December 28 [Region 5 News Release] – 2016 – 12/28/2016 – OSHA cites lumber company for inadequate machine guards after worker suffers injury while setting up molding machine
- December 28 [Region 5 News Release] – 2016 – 12/28/2016 – OSHA cites plastics manufacturer after second worker suffers severe injury in less than 18 months at Ohio plant Lauren Manufacturing faces $274K in proposed penalties, labeled Severe Violator
- December 28 [Region 8 News Release] – 2016 – 12/28/2016 – OSHA finds global railroad company retaliated against worker who reported safety concerns about track defects
- December 27 [Region 5 News Release] – 2016 – 12/27/2016 – OSHA cites Wisconsin metal fabrication company for safety failures after investigation of teenaged worker’s fatal injuries, two weeks after starting job