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 January 16th.
- January 18 [Region 5 News Release] – 2017 – 01/18/2017 – OSHA cites Ohio railroad parts manufacturer after follow-up inspection finds workers remain exposed to machine, fall hazards SanCasT faces $235K in proposed penalties
- January 18 [Region 1 News Release] – 2017 – 01/18/2017 – OSHA orders Amtrak to reinstate, pay $892K to employee discharged in violation of Federal Railroad Safety Act
- January 17 [Region 3 News Brief] – 2017 – 01/17/2017 – OSHA fines Pennsylvania hospital $32K for exposing employees to workplace violence, other hazards
- January 17 [Region 2 News Brief] – 2017 – 01/17/2017 – OSHA proposes nearly $89K penalty after finding concrete manufacturer again exposed workers to airborne silica