Tommy Eden, Attoney
On April 22, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), announced its new Severe Violator Enforcement Program becomes effective within 45 calendar days of the announcement. OSHA stated purpose is to focus enforcement efforts against employers that demonstrate “indifference to safe workplace responsibilities under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act.” Employers can be considered severe violators if they”commit willful, repeated, or failure-to-abate violations for certain serious hazards or unsafe work conditions.” The full text of the announcement is at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=17544
If you are not easily sacred go to OHSA Recent News and take a look at the fines: http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owasrch.search_form?p_doc_type=NEWS_RELEASES&p_toc_level=0&p_keyvalue=&p_status=CURRENT
Common Sense Counsel: It is advised that you have a comprehensive safety audit conducted ASAP. The next time the Government “come to help you” the cost of being in the wrong just went up.
Tommy Eden is a Lee County native, an attorney with the local office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP and a member of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and serves on the Board of Directors for the East Alabama SHRM Chapter. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-246-2901. Blog at www.alabamaatwork.com