On April 5, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) put out a news release about a proposed $151,300 fine for American Showa, a Blanchester, Ohio manufacturer of power steering pumps and power steering gear boxes for the transportation industry (See our By Industry WC Guide) . The OSHA proposed fines are steep because OSHA alleges that American Showa had two willful violations of safety, plus 11 other safety and health violations.
There are seven categories of penalties the employer can be subject to.
- Other Than Serious Violation
- Serious Violation
- Willful Violation
- Repeated Violation
- Failure to Abate Prior Violation
- De Minimis Violations
- Other Violations
Other than Serious Violation
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