The head of Oregon OSHA has suggested raising fines for serious workplace safety violations. But some large companies say higher fines won’t make them any safer.
An Illinois roofing contractor has been cited by OSHA 19 times for fall hazards since 2006. An OSHA official said the contractor has shown “utter indifference” to the law.
The owner of a facility OSHA called “a potential death trap,” has agreed to pay fines and upgrade its facility, two years after the agency found nearly every emergency exit door in the warehouse wasn’t usable.
A federal court case regarding a $900 fine against a company for omitting an injury from its OSHA 300 log has resulted in sharp criticism of OSHA’s recordkeeping standard. See if you agree with the court:
A building contractor is out $385,000 for serious fall hazards at worksites in Pennsylvania and Delaware. An OSHA official called the company a “serial violator.”
Renovations at a former New York psychiatric center exposed workers to lead and asbestos hazards, leading to a huge OSHA settlement for this real estate development company.
OSHA fines over one-million dollars have become more common. But here’s one with a twist: It’s not for workplace hazards — it’s for recordkeeping violations.
An investigation into a deadly explosion has resulted in 54 OSHA citations and fines of more than $1.2 million.
Calling the fatalities “unconscionable,” Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has announced more than $1.3 million in fines against two companies for three employee deaths in grain elevators.
A California agency has issued its biggest safety fine ever in connection with an explosion that killed eight people and leveled a neighborhood.
A California utility will pay the largest penalty ever of its type in connection with an explosion in 2010 that killed eight people. Next, regulators intend to look at the company’s overall safety culture.
Just weeks before a trial was to start in the case, the family of a deceased worker has reached a settlement with the general contractor on a rehabilitation project.
A jury has awarded $16 million to the families of two teens who died after being engulfed in a corn bin.
In a recent report, some state safety agencies came under criticism for issuing lower fines than federal OSHA. However, that’s not the case everywhere, as a $2.38 million fine against a Washington company shows.
Fines added up quickly for this real estate development and management company when OSHA decided to use per-instance citations for each employee exposed to asbestos and lead. Total fine: $2,359,000.
A Midwest green energy company now knows that getting caught in OSHA’s Severe Violators Enforcement Program (SVEP) results in huge fines.
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