OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of December 19th

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 19th.

  • December 22 [Region 2 News Brief] – 2016 – 12/22/2016 – OSHA cites roofing contractor for exposing workers to falls, other hazards at North Jersey work sites in East Rutherford, Wallington
  • December 21 [Region 4 News Release] – 2016 – 12/21/2016 – OSHA cites 4 Florida contractors as worker dies after falling through unprotected floor opening; proposes $91K in penalties
  • December 21 [Region 8 News Release] – 2016 – 12/21/2016 – OSHA cites well operator, two servicing companies after one worker dies, 3 others severely injured while servicing North Dakota well
  • December 20 [Region 6 News Brief] – 2016 – 12/20/2016 – OSHA fines Texas feed manufacturer nearly $92K in fines for serious and repeat health and safety violations