Employee complaints lead to new inspection and nearly $500k in fines

by on June 5, 2012 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Several complaints after a 2008 inspection brought OSHA back to a Texas steel manufacturer, resulting in nearly half a million in penalties.

JSW Steel (USA) Inc. faces $469,420 in penalties for 11 repeat and 23 serious citations. The company faced nearly $150,000 in penalties after a November 2008 inspection.

This time, OSHA inspectors found the company still hadn’t corrected the following violations:

  • not covering open pits and floor holes
  • not conducting periodic inspections for lockout/tagout procedures
  • not ensuring that fire extinguishers were mounted and readily available
  • not removing damaged rigging and lifting devices from service
  • not providing the required machine guarding for rotating parts, and
  • not ensuring that hazardous chemical containers were properly labeled to identify their contents.

‘Threshold of pain’
Bottom line for safety directors: It doesn’t take willful violations to add up to big bucks. As this case shows, OSHA will raise the stakes on repeat violations until they’ve found a company’s threshold of pain.

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