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 October 31st.
- October 31 [Region 3 News Brief] – 2016 – 10/31/2016 – OSHA inspection finds Dollar General in Jonestown blocked emergency exit again, proposes $215K penalty
- October 31 [Region 6 News Release] – 2016 – 10/31/2016 – OSHA investigation of two serious employee injuries finds global filtration manufacturer failed to protect workers from safety and health hazards
- October 31 [Region 5 News Release] – 2016 – 10/31/2016 – Ohio trailer lining manufacturer faces nearly $215K in fines after OSHA finds company disabled safety devices, exposed workers to hazards
- November 01 [Region 4 News Brief] – 2016 – 11/01/2016 – Eight times since 2011, federal safety inspectors find Central Florida contractor exposing workers to dangerous, potentially deadly falls
- November 01 [Region 5 News Release] – 2016 – 11/01/2016 – OSHA finds Ohio rail track repair kit manufacturer exposes workers to machine, silica, falls, noise and other hazards; proposes $159K in fines
- November 03 [Region 8 News Release] – 2016 – 11/03/2016 – OSHA cites both South Dakota refinery, construction companies after worker suffers fatal burns when ethanol ignites during expansion project
- November 03 [Region 6 News Brief] – 2016 – 11/03/2016 – OSHA finds Arkansas steel wire company failed repeatedly to protect workers from amputation hazards