If you think safety issues may be lurking in your workplace, don't wait until an accident or injury brings OSHA calling. Otherwise, the agency will surely do a top-to-bottom inspection and catch even minor problems. That can mean a hefty penalty, as one Georgia carpet manufacturer recently learned.
OSHA cited Oriental Weavers of America for more than 30 alleged safety violations and slapped it with a $125,000 penalty after a fatal accident at Oriental's Dalton factory. Oriental must correct safety violations associated with the death of an employee, whose clothing pulled her into a twisting machine.
Brush up on OSHA's compliance rules at www.osha.gov.
- Employees must apply before suing for failure to promote
- Take off the kid gloves! Bosses must still manage, even after employee complains
- Know difference between employee, contractor
- Whistle-Blower protection requires employee's intent to expose illegality
- Performance appraisals help in court as well as on the job