Some companies just don’t seem to learn or don’t care about their workers.
A major plastics company in the US sounds like the sort of environment you don’t want to work in.
OSHA conducted an inspection on 5 September at their 80,000 sqft plant and has proposed penalties of USD89,500 including USD70,000 for failure to remove unsafe forklifts from service. OSHA says “a willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements or with plain indifference to worker safety and health”.
Serious violations involved failures to complete forklift inspections and retrain workers in forklift operations following occurrence of an incident. Another violation related to failure to have name and capacity plates on forklifts.
Even prior to this they were fined USD62,700 following site inspection at another location that found eight serious, three repeat and one other-than-serious safety and health violations, and before that they had penalties of USD9,150 relating to violations including lock-out tag-out issues.
That’s over $160,000 in penalties – go figure.