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The Cost of Safety Equipment

The cost of purchasing safety equipment can vary depending on the type of work being done. But it is nothing compared to the cost of not supplying safety equipment. Such costs can include significant fines, loss of business, and even the life of a worker.

A New Hampshire company found out the hard way. Concrete Systems Inc. was recently inspected by OSHA following worker complaints. The company had employees at risk of being crushed, of falling, and of going deaf due to workplace hazards and conditions.

The company was hand a list of violations including 2 willful, 18 serious, and 6 other violations. The total fines for the violations added up to $230,400. Of that total, $126,000 was due to the 2 willful violations (A willful violation is defined by Osha as a violation in which the employer either knowingly failed to comply with a legal requirement or acted with plain indifference to employee safety).

Marathon Staffing Services, a temporary worker service also received a serious violation (Defined by OSHA as when the workplace hazard could cause an accident or illness that would most likely result in death or serious physical harm, unless the employer did not know or could not have known of the violation) which was accompanied by a $7,000 fine.

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