Machine Safety: Without an injury, OSHA issues citations for more than $1 million
Whoa, OSHA issues fines for $1,013,000. following a complaint filed by a worker. OSHA investigated the manufacturer and discovered 13 Serious and 17 Willful violations of Regulations. Was this Company just waiting to be caught in violation or were these violations a result of their safety culture. You decide!
The below article is one of several articles in this week’s OSHA QuickTakes newsletter. OSHA’s citations were issued on Dec. 28, 2011, and all abations are to be completed by Jan. 4 to Jan. 10, 2012. A summary of some of the citations include:
– No LOTO (lock out tag out) protection
– Defective brakes
– Lack of guarding
– No anti-repeat
– Lack of PPE
– Lack of fall protection
From a safety culture perspective is seems that this company has been incident free. Otherwise OSHA surely would have built some of their citations around those incidents. From a safety culture perspective would you begin to think that they might be one of those companies that think – “We’re Safe – We’ve Had No Machine Safety Accidents For A Long Time”? Or are they simply caught in some of the “myths of safety cultures” that I blogged about a few weeks ago? In my opinion, I can’t believe they we’re consciously waiting to be caught in violation.
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