Friday, September 12, 2008

Why Contest a Small Citation and Fines?

Why Would a Company Contest Citations and Fines for a Death of a Worker?
The article below from KFYR-TV in North Dakota caught my eye and roused my ire as to why this citation was contested.

It amazes me to read items about companies who want to contest citations and minimal fines resulting from the death of a worker. The only thing I could even fathom would be to try to keep their insurance rates and records cleared.

If a worker is killed and if the company has failed to properly provide a safe working area, has trained the worker properly to be aware of the dangers of doing whatever it was when the incident occurred, and if it could be proven that the worker was "clowning around," under the influence of drugs or alcohol or some other totally ignoring safety rules, then the company should be cited and fined.

It continues to remind me how low the imposed fines are issued by OSHA for the death of a worker on a job site. Is the life and safety of any worker's value less than a measley $17,500? It seems like a pittance to me.

Company Contesting Citations, Fines in Oil Rig Accident


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a company is contesting fines and citations issued in an oil rig accident that killed a Montana man.

Mountrail County authorities say 21-year-old Nathaniel Zinn, of Chinook, Montana, died in May, at a rig site about 11 miles south of Stanley. The rig was owned by Cyclone Drilling of Gillette, Wyoming.

Mike Maslowski is an assistant area director for OSHA in Bismarck. He says OSHA issued six "serious" safety citations and fines totaling $17,500 to the company. He says the company is contesting the citations and fines.

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