Safety And Fines Case Study

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Safety and fines sit at opposite ends of a risk pendulum when balancing efficiency, production, and profit against the costs of safety and prevention. Four Considerations When Evaluating Safety Versus Fines When your business involves the use of trucks, barges, and railways, the standards for safety are high and the consequences of ignoring those standards are even higher. In addition to injury, the potential loss of life, and the subsequent lawsuits; there are significant fines and corrective actions that may be levied which can lead to extreme financial hardship and numerous delays in service or production. Thankfully, there are actions which can limit your exposure to injuries, safety violations, and fines. 1. A culture of safety is the heart of establishing a workplace free of hazards and the consequences of those hazards. A safety culture starts with an analysis of potential risks and the identification of areas where injuries may occur and what precautions would minimize those risks. A company must then calculate the cost of the suggested safety measures versus the risk of not implementing them. This is known as a return on investment analysis. Companies are going to need to…show more content…
You are willing to risk OSHA not viewing your organization as a long-shoring operation since it significantly reduces the number of locations that require guardrails, safety net systems, and so forth. If OSHA finds that you are a general industry and not a long-shoring activity, you will not only have to fix the violations to come within the 4-foot standard, but you will have already purchased goods that are no longer useable, will face potentially large fines, and will have your activities interrupted while making the needed
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