OSHA fine amounts increasing?

April 28th, 2010 by

Just read an article in Tire Review that OSHA fined a Toledo dealer $177,800 as the result of an October 2009 accident in which four employees were injured. OSHA cited the dealer for three violations of worker safety regulations after investigating the accident. The employees suffered injuries when an agricultural tire being worked on exploded. No question that the accident was very serious as an OSHA spokesman said that the dealer did not provide a safety cage or barrier to protect employees working on large commercial tires, failed to ensure employees worked outside the trajectory path, and that the tire’s maximum inflation pressure was exceeded when the employees attempted to seat the tire’s beads. In addition, citations were issued because employees failed to wear safety glasses and not having a required valve pressure gauge.

My point here is only that I’m under the impression that the fines imposed by OSHA are increasing? Do you have similar experiences? What do you think? Please respond below with your comments.

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2 Responses to “OSHA fine amounts increasing?”

  1. Chuck Elliott says:

    OSHA fines have always seemed to be for much smaller amounts in the past (compared to EPA or DOT fines). But lately we see this OSHA fine for $177,800. And We just had a car dealer fined $4,500 in Florida for not having current training documentation for a forklift driver. And that incident did not involve an accident or injury – who knows what the fine would have been if someone got hurt!

  2. Nick says:

    Osha’s a joke….It’d be a more honest transaction of they came into a business and demanded money with a gun.

    It’s amazing how little personal responsibility means in today’s society and government situation.

    The more fines…the less people employed….(unless you work for OSHA that is…)

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