OSHA Violations Have Many Ramifications In Cleveland
Victor Geraci was quoted in the Crain’s Cleveland Business article entitled “OSHA Violations Have Many Ramifications Locally."
Canton-based Republic Steel reached a sizable settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration in April 2014.
The company agreed to abate all the citations in an extensive settlement, which also included an agreement to pay $2.4 million.
Victor said while abatement is the costly part of citations, it's necessary in terms of employee relations and liability control.
“Even if a company wants to dispute the legality of the citation, it's important to fix the underlying issue as soon as possible,” Victor said. “The potential for liability issues for failing to correct an identified problem are great. “
The agreement also laid the groundwork for a comprehensive health and safety plan Republic Steel will use for its plants going forward.
The new program will take on challenges in a holistic way. Instead of just fixing a piece of broken equipment, it will call for the company to look at why the equipment is failing and determine if there is a problem upstream that needs to be corrected.