Enforcement and Inspection

The Pitfalls of Noncompliance

Following safety regulations isn’t just the right thing to do—it keeps employers on the right side of OSHA enforcement and saves money by avoiding fines, legal fees, and more. Keep reading to learn about six companies that ran afoul of OSHA regulations and paid the price.

Electroplating employees exposed to chemical, mechanical hazards

On September 2, 2015, OSHA issued two repeat and 11 serious citations to a Connecticut-based electroplating company. Inspectors found that the company failed to determine employees’ exposure levels to lead and cadmium, provide workers with training on cadmium hazards, and prevent cadmium buildup on machinery. In addition, the company did not evaluate employees’ ability to safely operate forklifts, provide appropriate training to emergency coordinators and employees expected to fight fires, or ground and shield an electric lamp against damage. The two repeat citations were issued for the company’s failure to guard the operating parts of machinery and for using an unapproved electrical outlet in a wet location. Penalty: $48,304 fine.

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