Pilkington, a company that is based out of Toledo, Ohio, had a worker die in one of its glass plants in 2010. The plant in question was in Indiana, and the worker was crushed by machinery, leading to his death. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspected the plant at that point, found a number of safety violations and asked that they be fixed.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists to protect individuals and help ensure everyone has safe working environments. In order to make sure potentially dangerous conditions are as safe as possible, OSHA routinely inspects various businesses and jobsites. Companies who fail to meet health and safety checks put their workers at risk for serious injuries and even wrongful death.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations totaling $210,000 in fines against the U.S. Postal Service. The citations were for five violations that were allegedly committed willfully at the processing center in Columbus, Ohio.
The terms "willful violation" and "serious violation" have specific meanings in the context of this particular investigation. According to OSHA, a "willful" violation is committed with the employer's intentional, knowing, or voluntary disregard for legal requirements or plain indifference to the safety and health of employees. On the other hand, a "serious violation" is one in which death or serious physical harm can result from a danger that the employer knew about or should have known about.