Category: Enforcement and Inspection

As today’s workplace becomes more complex, regulation of that workplace increases. In this section, you’ll find the practical advice you need to understand exactly what OSHA, other federal agencies, and their state counterparts, require of you, and to comply in the ways that best satisfy both your and their needs. Look also for important court decisions, advice on how to handle enforcement actions, and news of upcoming changes in workplace health and safety law.

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Anheuser-Busch Required to Improve Safety at 11 Facilities Under EPA Settlement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Anheuser-Busch LLC resolving the brewing giant’s violations of the Clean Air Act’s chemical accident prevention requirements and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. Anheuser-Busch will pay $537,000 in penalties and implement a comprehensive safety review of all 11 of its breweries that use the refrigerant anhydrous […]

Shipping Company Agrees to $2.25 Million In Environmental Penalties

In May 2023, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Zeus Lines Management S.A., a vessel-operating company, pled guilty to maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oily bilge and for failing to report a hazardous condition on board the oil tanker Galissas. The company’s chief engineer, Roberto Cayabyab Penaflor, and Captain Jose […]

Dollar General Facing $268K in New OSHA Fines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced May 30 that discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and its parent, Dolgencorp LLC, face $267,622 in new OSHA penalties for two repeat and three serious violations at stores in southeast Oklahoma. OSHA inspectors discovered boxes of merchandise blocking walkways at Dollar General stores in Hartshorne and Wilburton […]

Amputations: OSHA’s Ongoing Enforcement

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has an ongoing National Emphasis Program (NEP) of enforcement and outreach to address amputation hazards across several manufacturing industries. Is your facility a target for OSHA’s enforcement? Industries targeted by the NEP include fabricated metal products, food, furniture and related products, machinery, nonmetallic mineral products, paper, plastics and […]

CSB Issues Final Report on Fatal Acetic Acid Release

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final report on a fatal acetic acid release at the LyondellBasell La Porte Complex in La Porte, Texas, on July 27, 2021. The inadvertent removal of the pressure-retaining components of a valve caused the release of 164,000 pounds (lb) of an acetic acid mixture, […]

OSHA Cites Workplace Violence at Columbus Children’s Hospital

The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital of Columbus, Ohio, faces $18,080 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for workplace violence hazards, the agency announced May 25. The hospital failed to protect employees, including nurses and mental health professionals, from patients whose bites, kicks, punches, and other assaults caused serious […]

Dollar General Facing $3.4 Million in New OSHA Fines

Dollar General Corp. and its parent, Dolgencorp LLC, face $3.4 million in new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines, the agency announced May 23. OSHA unveiled citations resulting from inspections at nine Dollar General locations in Maine, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Violations included blocked exit routes and electrical and fire hazards. The agency […]

OSHA Cites NJ Manufacturer, Places It in Severe Violator Program

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced May 17 it cited United Hospital Supply Corp. of Burlington, New Jersey, after an employee suffered the amputation of three fingers while operating a press brake without required safety guards on his first day at work. OSHA cited the employer with 3 willful violations, 17 serious violations, and […]

OSHA’s Latest Enforcement Push: Fall Protection

This month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled its latest enhanced program of safety outreach and enforcement: a National Emphasis Program (NEP) for falls from height across all industries. Is your industry a focus for OSHA enforcement? Are you ready if it is? Construction sites are at risk for falls. Besides construction, however, […]

OSHA Cites Texas Children’s Hospital for Guard’s Assault

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the Texas Children’s Hospital of Houston, Texas, with a serious workplace violence violation after an aggressive patient pulled a security officer to the ground by the hair and kicked them repeatedly in the chest and abdomen, the agency announced May 10. The officer lost consciousness, was taken […]