OSHA Enforcement

Miami, FL – An August inspection of a University of Miami dining hall resulted in $134,880 in proposed fines for three workplace safety violations.

Two of the three violations at the Mahoney Pearson Dining Hall were classified as Repeat violations because North Carolina-based Compass Group USA, which runs the dining hall through its Chartwells Dining division, were fined for breaking similar rules in Illinois in 2014.

According to OSHA, of 20 workplace inspections nationally since 2014, Compass has been fined nine times. $38,000 was levied for failures at Canteen Vending Services in Bloomingdale, Illinois.

Fremont, CA – Automobile manufacturer, Tesla, has been fined $29,365 in California for allegedly violating the state’s OSHA rules with its Model 3 production “tent,” which was set up in the parking lot of Tesla’s Fremont factory.

Two of the biggest concerns OSHA has with Tesla’s Model 3 tent relate to two workplace hazards in particular: a 22-inch wide hole in the ground, as well as several metal rods that allegedly posed an “impalement” hazard.

Tesla responded to OSHA’s concerns by saying that the organization’s last safety inspection occurred while the tent was still under construction, thus working conditions were significantly more chaotic than they are now.

Modesto, CA – The city of Modesto is facing stiff OSHA penalties following the electrocution of a worker in April 2018.

Tyrone Darnell “Nique” Hairston was killed when he and two other men were attempting to replace a light pole on Floyd and Roselle Avenues.

These offenses include:

  • Equipment being too close to the power lines and proper guards not being in place.
  • The city did not tell Modesto Irrigation District (MID), the electrical company, crews would be working on the light pole; and
  • There were no proper warning signs.

OSHA has levied a $39,000 penalty which the city is appealing.