Federal safety regulators from OSHA have a special term for companies they deem particularly problematic when it comes to safety issues. They are termed "severe violators," and the agency mandates especially close scrutiny and follow-up remedial actions on them pursuant to its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
A spokesperson for an environmental advocacy organization recently voiced his view that the results of an OSHA inspection into an oil refinery explosion last August would be "revelatory" and expose Chevron's safety culture as nothing more than "running the refinery to the point of failure."
Manufacturing and industrial worksites can be flatly dangerous places in which to work, as evidenced by safety-related numbers and statistics issuing from diverse federal and state organizations tasked with oversight of worker safety.
Managers from Canton-based Timken Company are well acquainted with safety inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), with various company-run facilities having been inspected by agency regulators on 17 different occasions since 2007.
Companies cited by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for safety-related violations at construction and other work sites can accept the citation -- whether that means paying a fine, remedying a substandard work condition that could lead to a construction accident, equipment accident or other injury or terminating engagement in a dangerous activity -- or challenge OSHA's determination.
Workplace accidents and injuries are simply a fact of life on construction sites, in factories, on roadwork crews and in a number of work environments. Some companies simply have demonstrated safety records that underscore a lack of focus on or even due care concerning dangerous conditions or safety violations. Others admittedly do work very hard to increase workplace safety, but, notwithstanding their efforts, no work environment can ever be made totally free of risk and injury.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently fined and cited an auto parts manufacturing company in Ohio and a Texas-based chemical company for multiple safety violations at their workplaces that exposed workers to a multitude of safety hazards and risks, including electrical and burn injuries.
A spate of recent construction accidents on major projects in Ohio is drawing the close scrutiny of inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
A recent study relying upon data culled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and more than 40 other job-related databases sheds light on just how much construction accidents and other workplace injuries cost the United States each year, in terms of medical costs, lowered productivity and related factors.
Construction and industrial enterprises are not deemed equal, at least in the estimation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which tags some of them "model workplaces" that qualify for exemptions and comparatively special treatment pursuant to the agency's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).