The revelation by The Oregonian last week that Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Agency has levied over $26,000 in fines against Precision Castparts was a reminder of the importance of Oregon workplace safety, and of the need for both regulatory and legal vigilance as we all struggle to prevent Oregon industrial accidents.
According to the newspaper, the company was cited for “32 violations at its large parts campus in Milwaukie and Southeast Portland, raising significant safety concerns for the third time since 2008.” Citing an Oregon OSHA spokeswoman, the paper notes that some of the violations “were repeats.” The overall list of infractions focused mainly on “cleaning operations in the two plants.” The company manufacturers parts for airplane engines and industrial gas turbines. It also does work for the military.
It is good to read that none of the safety violations cited by OSHA were deemed to be “willful” on the company’s part – the most serious category. Still, the newspaper reports, “28 were serious, with nine having the potential to cause death.”
At a time when many in the political arena are urging us to reduce regulation and allow businesses to police themselves, the penalties assessed in this case are a reminder of the important role both regulators and our courts play in Oregon workplace safety and preventing Portland industrial accidents. Oregon industrial accident attorneys can help those who have been injured through the negligence of an employer, vendor or equipment manufacturer or supplier ensure that responsible accountability is maintained in our workplaces.
Resource: Oregon OSHA Homepage