Tag: OSHA enforcement

OSHA Adds ‘Instance-By-Instance’ Citation Policy

On January 26, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new enforcement guidance, allowing “instance-by-instance” citations for “high-gravity” serious violations of several agency standards. Regional administrators and area office directors will have the authority to issue instance-by-instance citations for violations of fall protection, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, permit-required confined space, respiratory protection, and trenching standards, […]

Wisconsin Malt Barley Supplier Facing $174,351 in OSHA Fines

A Wisconsin malt barley supplier is facing $174,351 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for 2 repeat and 14 serious safety and health violations, the agency announced January 10. Agency inspectors, responding to a complaint of unsafe working conditions at Briess Industries’ Manitowoc, Wisconsin, malt house, found that workers crafting malt were exposed […]

OSHA Cites Amazon for Recordkeeping Violations

On December 16, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it issued citations to Amazon for 14 recordkeeping violations at six warehouse facilities in five states for failing to properly record work-related injuries and illnesses. Investigations are ongoing, according to OSHA. The agency received referrals from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District […]

OSHA Cites New Jersey Facility, Seeking $574K Penalty

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced October 6 it cited Pennsylvania-based metal coatings manufacturer Regal Industrial Corp. for 5 willful, 15 serious, and 1 other-than-serious violation at its Millvale, New Jersey, facility, seeking $573,681 in proposed penalties. The willful citations relate to respirator, written hazard communication program, safety data sheet (SDS), fall protection, […]

Tampa Electric Gets Half-Million-Dollar Fine, Probation in Worker Deaths

Tampa Electric Co. pleaded guilty in federal court to willfully violating an OSHA standard, leading to five worker fatalities in 2017 at the Big Bend River Station electrical power plant in Apollo Beach, Florida, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced August 23. The federal court ordered Tampa Electric to implement a safety compliance […]

Family Dollar Store Faces $330K in OSHA Fines

Following a fatal shoplifting incident, an Orlando, Florida, Family Dollar store faces $330,446 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties for willful and repeat safety violations, the agency announced July 22. On December 11, 2021, a 41-year-old store employee experienced shortness of breath and nausea after struggling with a shoplifter in a failed effort […]

OSHA Issues Six-Figure Fines for Fall Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a pair of six-figure penalties issued to two employers for fall violations, including citations for a fatal fall. On June 21, the agency revealed it cited a Strasburg, Pennsylvania, framing contractor for two willful and five serious violations, exposing workers to falls as high as 14 feet while […]

Dollar General Stores Cited for Blocked, Padlocked Exits

On June 3, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced citations for two Dollar General stores for endangering employee safety by blocking and locking emergency exits. The agency cited the company for workplace safety violations nationwide. OSHA cited Dolgencorp, LLC, doing business as Dollar General Store, for four willful violations at its Baldwin, Wisconsin, […]

OSHA Issues Hazard Alert Letter to Amazon

On April 26, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it issued a hazard alert letter to Amazon after six contractors were fatally injured and another severely injured when a December 10, 2021, tornado struck the company’s Edwardsville, Illinois, warehouse. OSHA is requiring Amazon to review its severe weather emergency procedures. After interviewing Amazon […]

OSHA Places West Texas Metal Fabricator in Severe Violator Program

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a West Texas metal fabricator for repeatedly exposing employees to fall, machine, and other safety hazards, placing the employer into the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) and seeking proposed penalties totaling $364,078. On October 18, 2021, OSHA opened an inspection of Kyoei Steel LTD, operating […]