Companies Behaving Badly-August too


Hi there!  Glad you could make it.  Come on over and join us by the camp fire.  We’ll sit, relax and watch the sunset and then when the stars begin to twinkle I’ll tell you some truly scary stories on workplace safety.  If you have a weak heart or prone to fainting then maybe you should go to your tent right now because this, is another episode of Companies Behaving Badly!

Honolulu refrigeration warehouse cited with 63 health, safety violationsPREVENTABLE – Apparently even living in paradise does not guarantee employee safety in the workplace and not deemed important as Unicold Corporation showed it’s love to workers with exit doors locked and sealed from the outside, exit routes blocked with stacks of product and then figured why bother with labeling and signing emergency exit routes.  Mahalo!


Wal-Mart agrees to safety fixes at 2,857 stores / Walmart pays $190,000 fine and agrees to improve safety at 2,800 stores – PREVENTABLE – I guess to give those “low prices everyday” they had to cut back on safety and training.  I really despise companies that knowingly place workers in harms way so the company can make a few more bucks.  My favorite line from Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove,  “the company immediately addressed the problems as soon as it was made aware of them”.  What were the store managers doing all this time?  Oh yea, it costs money to train them too.

OSHA Hits Montana Refinery with Willful Violation After Arc Explosion PREVENTABLE – The wide open plains of Montana where the cattle roam, the wheat and barley wave and workers are exposed to arc-flash because someone thought it was a great idea to bypass the circuit protector switch.  Gives you a warm and cozy feeling doesn’t it?

Dallas Food Company Cited Again – PREVENTABLE – AGAIN!  Since BCW Food Products Inc. thinks it’s cheaper to get fined than train on LOTO, it’s time to raise the fines.  Before you climb into anything to work on it, lock it out and tag it yourself.  Use your lock and your key then you can have peace of mind and go home in one piece.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

OSHA Issues $1.1 Million in Fines to Republic Steel – PREVENTABLE – Not only fined over a million dollars but they’re on the OSHA’s severe violator enforcement program.  This company takes care of it’s employees by allowing them the privilege of working on a platform 20 feet above the electric arc furnace and molten steel ladle protected with missing and damaged guardrails.  When it comes to challenging your employees it should not involve a “Hunger Games” theme.

OSHA fines company $188,300 for exposing workers to lead hazards PREVENTABLE –  Spectrum Machine Inc. must be proud of earning their way into the Severe violator enforcement program because they saw no problem with exposing their workers to airborne metal particles or develop noise monitoring or lockout/tagout program or provide fire extinguisher training.  Sorry guys, you’re on your own but we’ll stay up here in the office where we can breath without fear.  Don’t understand how you can employ luck as your safety program.

Oil train safety rule delayed by 1 year – PENDING – Focus on safety is a great thing but are we always looking at the correct issue.  Is it the tanks we need to be concerned about or is it engineer training and track maintenance or all of the above?  Was putting this off for a year the correct thing to do?  What do you think about all of this?

Coventry automotive firm wins third gold award from RoSPA – WINNER – Cheers to Coventry Automotive for winning “GOLD” from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for excellence in safety.  Now that’s a list I’d be proud to be on.

Remember, safety is just as much YOUR responsibility as it is for the company.  Follow the rules and become a safety advocate.  That’s it for this issue of Companies behaving badly and hope you all learned a little more about safety.  Until next month, be safe.

As George Bernard Shaw said, “If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” 


Photo credit: johninbkk from

Psst.  Lets begin a movement – safety awareness.  It’ll be our little secret.  Just wear a safety pin on your on your shirt, jersey, lapel, collar, uniform etc. and when you see someone else wearing one you’ll know they’ve made a commitment to safety as well.  Smile and shake their hand.  

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