$1.2 million OSHA fine for hiding injuries and illnesses
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
OSHA fines over one-million dollars have become more common. But here’s one with a twist: It’s not for workplace hazards—it’s for recordkeeping violations.
OSHA has issued Goodman Manufacturing Co. 83 willful violations for failing to record and improperly recording work-related injuries and illnesses at the company’s Houston air conditioning cooling facility. The proposed fines total $1.215 million.
An investigation showed the company had either not recorded or failed to properly record the nature and/or duration of 72% of employee injuries and illnesses from January 2008 to March 15, 2010.
OSHA cataegorized the recordkeeping citations as willful because the company was extremely knowledgeable about OSHA’s requirements but made many unsupportable decisions. The company has 15 days from receipt of the citations to decide whether to contest the violations.
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