Three out of the top 10 largest OSHA fines in 2020 were above $1 million. All ten were above $470,000.
Retailers accounted for four of the top 10.
Here are the 10 largest OSHA fines in 2020:
- BB Frame, Cliffside Park, NJ, $2,004,225. OSHA fined this New Jersey framing contractor for exposing workers to multiple safety hazards at four worksites. The employer is contesting the 8 willful, 12 repeat and 13 serious violations.
- Great Lakes Tank & Vessel, Cleveland, $1,565, 271. This Ohio trucking company was slapped with a huge fine after a hazardous materials incident caused the deaths of two workers. The company is contesting the fines.
- Florida Roofing Experts, Fleming Island, FL, $1,007,717. OSHA fined this roofing contractor for failing to protect workers from falls at two worksites. The employer is contesting the violations.
- Dollar Tree, Bay Shore, NY, $639,469. This inspection, which resulted from a complaint, led to 7 repeat, 1 willful and 3 serious violations. The company is contesting the violations. Note: Other Dollar Tree stores appear twice in our top-10 list. If all of the Dollar Tree OSHA fines for 2020 (including those outside the top 10) were added together, it would become the largest fine.
- DG General, Dracut, MA, $628,411. This inspection, due to a complaint, resulted in 5 willful and 1 serious violations. As part of a settlement, the fines were reduced to $300,000. DG is Dollar General, a competitor of Dollar Tree.
- Dollar Tree, Fort Worth, TX, $539,934. Once again, a complaint led to this Dollar Tree OSHA inspection, which resulted in 3 repeat violations. The employer is contesting the fines.
- TPC Group, Houston, $514,692. After a fire and explosion at this power plant, OSHA cited the company for exposing employees to health and safety hazards. The violations are under contest.
- Alpha Technical Services Corp., Pasadena, TX, $499, 134. This waste management company is facing almost a half million dollars in OSHA citations after two employees were killed by toxic fumes while cleaning a tanker trailer. The company is contesting the violations.
- Ferrara Candy Co., Bellwood, IL, $485,008. This candy manufacturer was cited by OSHA after employees were severely injured by unguarded machinery in two separate incidents. The violations are under contest.
- Dollar Tree, Marinette, WI, $477,089. Due to a complaint, this Dollar Tree store was fined for exit, storage and fire hazards. The violations are under contest.