OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of November 28th

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 28th.

  • November 29 [Region 10 News Release] – 2016 – 11/29/2016 – OSHA cites Washington marine cargo handling company for willful safety violations after worker’s fatal fall
  • November 30 [Region 1 News Release] – 2016 – 11/30/2016 – Occupational Safety and Review Commission approves settlement between US Labor Department, event company after circus tent collapse
  • December 01 [Region 6 News Brief] – 2016 – 12/01/2016 – OSHA finds Texas reel manufacturer exposed workers to amputation, chemical hazards; company faces $107K in fines
  • December 01 [Region 3 News Brief] – 2016 – 12/01/2016 – OSHA fines USPS $342K after inspectors find workers exposed to bloodborne pathogen hazards at Brooklyn, Maryland, annex