December 29, 2008 | Dave Janney

Averting blame

A construction company “lawyered up” and refused to pay a 26K fine after a fatality, citing a typo on OSHA’s investigation report.  See the article: 

http://gangbox.wordpress.com/2008/12/27/lawyering-up-obayashi-corp-habitually-blocks-routine-osha-jobsite-death-investigations/

It is remarkable to see what people will do in such circumstances; is the company worried about the fact that they had a fatality?  It costs OSHA more in legal fees than they collect if they win.  In the end, the real question is, has anything been done to prevent this from happening again?  This same company is fighting citations over an additional fatality in another state.  

 

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