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Blog Author Steve Hudgik
Monday, November 07, 2011
OSHA Fine Could Close Small Company
This article comes from the Hays Daily News, talking about a small company located in Quniter, Kansas. It is one of three small companies operating in this small town.
The fine resulted from a fatal accident. There appears to be some questions and confusion about how OSHA determined the fine -- the accident was determined to be caused by operator error, but the fine is related to machine guarding.
You can read the article here - OSHA Fine May Close Small Company.
Should the size of a company be a factor in determining the amount of a proposed fine? What about the company's ability to contest a fine and resolve questionable issues? A small company does not have the resources to contest a fine. While for a large company, they easily have the resources to get a fine like this substantially reduced. For a small company their only option is to lay everyone off and close their doors. Do you think the size of the fine is reasonable in this instance?
Labels: OSHA Citations, OSHA Fines, workplace fatalities
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