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Blog Author Steve Hudgik
Monday, May 28, 2012
If There Is An Accident Or Fatality, Does That Mean A Citation Should Be Issued?
I was reading an article on the iWatch News web site today about a 2009 fatality in a U.S. Steel facility. The author wonders why, that although there was a fatality, OSHA did not issue any citations.
Read the article: "In U.S. Steel town, fatal gas explosion goes unpunished by OSHA
Should an accident or fatality mean an OSHA citation will be issued? OSHA's mission is to establish and enforce standards that ensure American workers have “safe and healthful” working conditions. OSHA's job is not to impose penalties for injuries or fatalities.
On the other hand...
I worked for the post office a long time ago. I received their training for driving a toaster (one of those small, square looking postal trucks). One part of the training I've never forgotten is that there are no accidents. If something happened, I was responsible. Under that philosophy then every injury or fatality should result in an OSHA citation.
What do you think? Leave a comment. Should OSHA issue a citation every time there is a workplace fatality?
Links to related past posts:
Dealing With A Catastrophic Workplace Accident
Revised OSHA Field Operations Manual
What To Do Before There Is A Fatal Accident
Labels: workplace fatalities, workplace injuries, workplace safety
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