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.

Amusement park employees exposed to multiple hazards
Employees at a family theme park were exposed to numerous chemical, burn, and respiratory hazards, according to OSHA. After conducting an inspection, the agency issued 18 serious citations for violations of workplace safety standards. Most of the hazards affected employees spraying coatings on park equipment and working with caustic chemicals in the park’s paint room.

Workers exposed to lawn mower hazards
After an employee suffered a double-toe amputation when he lost control of the lawn mower he was operating on a wet grassy slope, OSHA inspected the lawn care company that employed him and issued two willful and five serious safety violations. The amputation incident occurred less than 3 months after OSHA investigated another rollover incident in which an employee sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized.

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