Recently, Republic Steel was fined $2.4 million for safety violations. OSHA had found more than 100 safety and health violations during inspections at the company, which included: failing to provide workers with adequate fall protection, failing to protect employees who service or maintain machines, and failing to provide machine guarding to protect workers from hazardous machinery. This hefty $2.4 million alone tops the list of OSHA fines from all of 2013 – and we aren’t even halfway through 2014.
So here are the top 10 OSHA fines of 2013:
10. Cincinnati waste treatment facility was fined $325,700 for hazardous waste operations violations, resulting in an explosion killing one worker and injuring another.
9. Massachusetts wood framing contractor was fined $336,200 for fall protection violations when a roof truss system collapsed.
8. Tennessee based engine parts manufacturer was fined $369,000 for machine guarding violations at one of their plants located in Ohio.
7. Houston based company that installs highway guardrails was fined $448,000 for electrical safety violations when a worker was electrocuted at their Wisconsin highway site.
6. Pennsylvania painting contractor was fined $459,844 for respiratory protection and fall protection violations at several bridge work sites.
5. New York (Long Island) painting contractor was fined $460,350 for fall protection and scaffolding violations.
4. New York general contractor and cement/masonry subcontractors were fined $465,400 for electrical safety violations.
3. Colorado based metal container manufacturer was fined $589,000 for machine guarding violations at an Ohio plant.
2. Ohio steel plant was fined $1,138,500 for fall protection and confined space violations. This company was already on OSHA’s list of top offenders, known as the Severe Violators Enforcement Program (SVEP).
1. South Dakota radiator manufacturer was fined $1,330,000 for machine guarding violations after a worker was crushed to death by machinery used to perform his/her job.