The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration hit a steel products company with charges of repeated health and safety violations at its facility in northeast Ohio. The charges include proposed fines totaling $64,400.
When construction work involves a great deal of digging, employers are required to follow a number of safety precautions. If a trench is greater than five feet deep, OSHA requirements mandate reinforcement to help prevent the ground from caving in.
An internationally-based steel firm has been fined $563,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after three repeat and seven willful safety violations at a plant in Ohio.
Employees who believe that they are working in a hazardous environment or who think their employers may be violating safety and health regulations can contact OSHA to request an inspection. Workers can ask OSHA not to inform their employer who requested the inspection, but it is illegal for employers to retaliate against an employee who files a complaint about unsafe working conditions with OSHA. This includes firing, transferring or demoting the employee.