Companies can get tagged with severe OSHA fines even without workplace accidents

Job site safety should always be a top priority, not just after an accident has occurred.

In the past, we have discussed several instances of investigations into workplace safety violations following job-related injuries and deaths. These accidents can be both costly to the companies cited for the infractions, as well as tragic for the victims and their loved ones.

But, there doesn't have to be a major accident for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to cite a business for serious breaches of federal regulations, or the fines that come with them.

On Monday, OSHA officials hit Honeywell Electronic Chemicals LLC with 10 serious safety and health violations at its Mansfield, Texas facility, along with $53,000 in proposed fines.The company, a subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., employs about 30 workers at that location, though no incidents involving injuries were reported.

A press statement from OSHA said that the investigation into Honeywell was the result of the agency's national emphasis program on process safety management for covered chemical facilities.

"This company jeopardized the safety of its employees by failing to implement OSHA's process safety management regulations effectively," said Jack Rector, OSHA's area director in Fort Worth, Texas. "OSHA requires employers to provide safe and healthful working conditions to prevent accidents and illnesses."

Just because a company has not had the bad fortune of a serious accident occurring at one of its facilities does not mean they are immune to costly citations from OSHA. Online compliance training can help these businesses avoid tragic accidents and the hefty fines, equipment damages and facility shutdowns that commonly follow them by maintaining the safest workplace conditions possible.


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