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 12th .
- December 16 [Region 7 News Release] – 2016 – 12/16/2016 – OSHA cites numerous hazards at Missouri sheet metal manufacturer after court orders employer to let inspectors investigate safety complaints
- December 15 [Region 2 News Brief] – 2016 – 12/15/2016 – OSHA cites New Jersey commercial laundry for workplace safety hazards
- December 15 [Region 10 News Release] – 2016 – 12/15/2016 – OSHA cites contractor after another Idaho worker falls to his death
- December 15 [Region 3 News Brief] – 2016 – 12/15/2016 – OSHA fines USPS $178K after inspectors find workers exposed to safety hazards at Merrifield distribution center
- December 14 [Region 4 News Release] – 2016 – 12/14/2016 – Alabama auto parts supplier to Kia and Hyundai, staffing agencies face $2.5M in fines after robot fatally crushes young bride-to-be
- December 14 [Region 1 News Release] – 2016 – 12/14/2016 – Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning cited for fall protection violation as worker falls in Lexington from roof as unprotected foreman stands on another
- December 14 [Region 1 News Release] – 2016 – 12/14/2016 – OSHA cites Massachusetts packaging company for serious safety, health hazards following injury to temporary worker
- December 12 [Region 5 News Release] – 2016 – 12/12/2016 – OSHA cites, fines Crystal Finishing Systems following fatality investigation