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 November 21st.
- November 23 [Region 3 News Release] – 2016 – 11/23/2016 – J.C. Stucco and Stone ordered to pay nearly $345K in fines after OSHA finds company continued to expose workers to scaffolding hazards
- November 23 [Region 3 News Brief] – 2016 – 11/23/2016 – OSHA fines Philadelphia contractor $72K for fall, trenching safety violations
- November 22 [Region 3 News Brief] – 2016 – 11/22/2016 – OSHA fines window manufacturer nearly $75K for not correcting safety hazards following worker’s finger amputation
- November 22 [Region 6 News Release] – 2016 – 11/22/2016 – OSHA issues more than $150K in fines to Louisiana contractor for confined space violations after fumes sicken two workers
- November 21 [Region 5 News Release] – 2016 – 11/21/2016 – OSHA investigates trench collapse after 28-year-old worker becomes 13th worker injured while working underground in 2016