Employers: Avoid getting placed in OSHA's SVEP hall of shame
Recently, OSHA levied a $1.76 million fine and a Severe Violator Enforcement Program placement against a national furniture manufacturer after determining that more than 1,000 injuries occurred at one of the company's plants over a three-and-a-half-year period. While the fine amount alone is extraordinary, perhaps an even greater consequence of the manufacturer's predicament is its placement in OSHA's SVEP. As many employers already know, the SVEP is designed to focus OSHA's enforcement attention on what it considers to be the worst violators of federal health and safety standards.
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