Businesses at risk of being fined $1 million and more by OSHA
An aluminum manufacturing business in New Jersey in the US has to pay nearly US $2 million in fines after OSHA inspectors discovered a number of safety and health violations which recently led to two workers being injured in unrelated incidents.
Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York demanded clear action from LLC saying; “The company can more effectively protect its workers by implementing a comprehensive safety and health management system.”
And this is just one example.
In May this year, OSHA fined a Connecticut Contractor $196,000 for demolition safety hazards and Steel Maker $279K for machine hazards and high levels of Lead.
In August 2016 Tyson Foods was fined $263,000 for dangerous working conditions that can lead to disfiguring injuries.
Atlantic Drain Service Co. Inc., the company behind a trench collapse in the South End that killed two people was penalized for $1.4 million in April, following an OSHA investigation.
And the list goes one...
Fines for lack of compliance with OSHA's health and safety guidelines are a real threat to businesses. In 2016 OSHA carried out over 75,000 inspections and the above are just a few examples that resulted in fines. In fact, average OSHA fines for serious workplace safety violations rose significantly in 2016 after the agency revamped its penalty structure.
The main priority of any business should be to ensure the safety of their workforce for all the obvious reasons. Workplace incidents that lead to injuries or even death are tragic for the people involved, their families and the moral and productivity of the workforce.
In addition, as the above shows, non-compliance can also have extremely damaging financial consequences for a business. That is especially so, when you consider that potential fines are just one of the many costs associated with incidents and accidents. Medical cost, loss of productivity, increased insurance cost, damage to equipment, machinery or buildings and more add to the total cost of an incident.
As a business owner or manager, health and safety needs to be a priority for cultural and moral reasons as well as economical. The best way to protect your business from the damaging consequences of workplace accidents is to put systems and processes in place that ensure your people are informed and safe and enable you and your managers to respond to hazards and incidents in real-time and manage them in accordance with the OSHA guidelines.
Learn more about how to reduce accidents and the risk of fines in your business.