OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of January 2nd

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 2nd.

  • January 05 [Region 4 News Brief] – 2017 – 01/05/2017 – Atlanta-based paper, plastic recycler exposes workers to fire, explosion, machine guarding hazards; OSHA proposes $133K in penalties
  • January 04 [Region 5 News Release] – 2017 – 01/04/2017 – OSHA finds Illinois contractor, Robert Barringer III exposes roofers to potentially deadly fall hazards
  • January 03 [Region 2 News Brief] – 2017 – 01/03/2017 – OSHA investigation of Jersey City Medical Center worker’s fatal fall finds facility exposed employees to dangerous electrical hazards
  • January 03 [Region 5 News Release] – 2017 – 01/03/2017 – OSHA finds Wisconsin medical clinic exposed workers to asbestos hazards