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OSHA Maps Worker Safety Violators

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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From Alaska to Florida, some of the nation's worst workplace health and safety offenders are being plotted in a new interactive map.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal agency that oversees worker safety, has created an online interactive map that allows users to see employers that have been charged with violations since Jan. 1, 2015, and that have initial penalties that are $40,000 or more.

The agency launched the interactive map on its website in August.

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OSHA has introduced an interactive map and corresponding table that lists employers by state and territory with initial penalties of $40,000 or more for health and safety violations.

“We hope this new resource will be helpful in your reporting on OSHA cases and initiatives,” OSHA said of the map in an Aug. 24 statement.

Using the Map

Visitors can click on any individual state or territory, which opens a table if that state has employers that fall into the map’s high penalty criteria. If companies appear, OSHA includes the inspection number; the name of the company; the city in which the company does business; the date of the violation; and the initial penalty the agency assessed.

Clicking on an inspection number takes you to the inspection detail page, which provides more information about that employer’s violators and penalties during that individual inspection.

In addition to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the map includes U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Of the territories, only Puerto Rico had employers listed as high violators as of Friday (Aug. 28): Jovan Inc., which faces $78,500 in initial penalties; and AEE, which had an $81,000 initial penalty listed on the map.

The case against AEE power company included a $70,000 willful violation that OSHA assessed on June 16.

Watching for Changes

However, as OSHA advises in its statement, some of the initial penalties listed on the map could change.

That was the case for AEE, which had reached an informal settlement with OSHA that dropped the $70,000 fine to $35,000 and dropped overall total penalties from the $81,000 listed on the map to $37,000 on the agency’s inspection detail page.

The agency also had posted on Friday (Aug. 28) that portions of its site were not working. Several of the inspection detail pages displayed a message that said “Temporarily Unavailable,” while other inspection detail pages displayed updated inspection data.

For users who have trouble using the interactive map, OSHA has included the same information in a table format.

OSHA also said that although the site would be updated regularly, some of the data posted would be delayed to ensure employers are aware of the citations before they appear on the map.

   

Tagged categories: Government; Health and safety; Online tools; OSHA; OSHA

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