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Are citations and fines enough?
« on: January 13, 2015, 08:37:12 AM »
Recently a OSHA cited a OSHA cited a Georgia based company for violations related to the death of one of its employees. The same company has received multiple serious citations in the past. Do you feel that citations and fines are enough to encourage companies to change their ways? Do you think there is something that could be more effective?


Re: Are citations and fines enough?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2015, 10:44:42 AM »
Well, I "feel" bad about the situation, but I don't really think you're asking me about how people feel about this, but what they think about it.   :)

I "think" that OSHA penalties, which are based on specific criteria, are adequate.  However, in the informal/formal conference process, compromises are made that decrease penalties and their value as a deterrent.  The "mega-penalties" handed out by OSHA in some instances are quite effective. 


Re: Are citations and fines enough?
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2015, 04:30:30 PM »
This is a very interesting question.

Though citations may be adequate and effective in some instances, they are not always enough to encourage companies to change their ways.

The citation mentioned in the initial post is a prime example. Another is Ashley Furniture, who was recently cited $1.76 million for several safety violations. According to OSHA's news release (, the company has had 33 federal OSHA inspections and 23 state plan inspections since 1982. From those previous inspections, OSHA issued citations for 96 serious, four repeat, and 38 other-than-serious violations. Obviously, the citations that have already been issued were not enough to encourage the company to change their ways.

Citations, by their nature, are often too retrospective and reactive. A company should be proactive in their approach to safety. Rather than just issuing a citation, what if OSHA required management and safety personnel to go through some type of safety training program to offer them more help on the implementation side of things? I also wonder if some type of positive reinforcement could make a difference. For example, some type of tax incentive for companies who have effective safety programs in place and do not have continuous safety violations that are causing worker harm.
Shanari Baird
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Are citations and fines enough
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