Wisconsin Sawmill Fined $284K in Follow-Up Inspection

Wisconsin sawmill Tigerton Lumber Co. faces $283,608 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties after a follow-up inspection, the agency announced January 9. The company was added to OSHA’s Severe Violators Enforcement Program (SVEP) in 2019 after an agency investigation into how an employee suffered fatal injuries in 2018. Employers in the SVEP are subject to […]

Back to Basics: OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) and the criteria for an SVEP case. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is well known for not only setting the standards for safety, […]

Dollar General Faces $395,717 in New OSHA Fines

Discount retailer Dollar General is facing $395,717 in new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for five repeat workplace safety violations, the agency announced January 23. In an inspection of a West Lafayette, Ohio, location, federal investigators found workers exposed to blocked emergency exits and electrical panels and boxes of merchandise stacked at unsafe […]

Dollar General Facing New $342K OSHA Fine

On November 22, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new citations and $341,842 in new proposed penalties for discount retailer Dollar General. OSHA already had placed Dollar General Corp. and its parent Dolgencorp LLC in the agency’s severe violators enforcement program (SVEP) and has proposed penalties totaling $15 million. OSHA inspectors found merchandise […]

OSHA Expands Severe Violator Program

On September 15, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an expansion of its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). The program’s new criteria include violations of all hazards and OSHA standards and will continue to focus on repeat offenders in all industries. Under the agency’s 2010 policy, an employer could be placed in the […]

Nebraska Recycler Placed in SVEP After Fatality

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on August 4 announced that Mid-Nebraska Disposal is facing $337,903 in proposed penalties and has been placed in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) following a worker fatality. Agency investigators found that a 20-year-old worker was feeding cardboard waste into a baler on February 7, 2022, when […]

OSHA Cites Vehicle Parts Maker Following SVEP Inspection

On June 30, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced citations for two repeat, four serious, and two other-than-serious violations found during a Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) follow-up inspection. Employers included in the agency’s SVEP are subject to mandatory follow-up inspections and increased agency pressure to abate cited hazards. General Aluminum Mfg. Company […]

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OSHA Again Cites Railcar Services Provider

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited tank railcar cleaning and repair provider Dana Railcare for workplace safety and health violations at its facility in Wilmington, Delaware. The company faces $371,276 in penalties.

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Over $1 Million in Fall Hazard Penalties Sought by OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a Jacksonville, Florida, roofing contractor for fall hazards at three construction sites and is seeking $1,007,717 in penalties. OSHA cited Florida Roofing Experts, Inc., owned by Travis Slaughter, under its egregious citation policy with eight willful violations of the fall protection standard.

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Explosion Results in Huge OSHA Penalty: $1.6 Million

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking nearly $1.6 million in penalties from an Illinois manufacturer. The agency cited AB Specialty Silicones, LLC, for 12 willful federal safety violations after 4 employees suffered fatal injuries in an explosion and fire at the company’s Waukegan, Illinois, plant on May 3, 2019.