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OSHA and Safety Laws

Backgorund material - "OSHA to Address Persistent Violators of Job Safety Rules" appeared in the New York Times. Other referenses come from the PBS' Front Line web site include: "The McWane Way"; "The Victims"; "OSHA Rejects"; and "McWane's Response".

This is a two part report. My requirement is to turn in 8-10 pages - so I am requesting from you 2-3 pages on each part.

Part One: Please review some of the articles listed above. After you have read the various items please answer the following:

1) Was OSHA justified in their case against McWane?
2) Was McWane's response appropriate?
3) What could have been done differently given your knowledge of OSHA and other laws that influence HRM practices?

Part Two:
1) Are our workplace safety laws tough enough?
2) Should companies, and their executives, be held more accountable for protecting their workers' safety?

Thank you for your assistance.

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Labor relations - OSHA and Safety Laws
Backgorund material - "OSHA to Address Persistent Violators of Job Safety Rules" appeared in the New York Times. Other referenses come from the PBS' Front Line web site include: "The McWane Way"; "The Victims"; "OSHA Rejects"; and "McWane's Response".

This is a two part report. My requirement is to turn in 8-10 pages - so I am requesting from you 2-3 pages on each part.

Part One: Please review some of the articles listed above. After you have read the various items please answer the following:

1) Was OSHA justified in their case against McWane?
OSHA is justified in its case against McWane. Since 2003 till 2006, McWane has violated federal laws the fifth time. In the four previous cases McWane has been found guilty and ordered to pay a total of $19 million in compensation and fines. Several McWane managers and senior personnel have either been sent on probation or have been dismissed. OSHA has been justified in its case because McWane has repeatedly and persistently violated environment and worker safety laws. Not only that there was an orchestrated effort by the company to hide the violations and mislead the OSHA inspectors; Instead of co-operating with the regulators to make the workplace more safe, the managers of the plant conspired to hide evidence.
The case where the verdict was given against McWane in 2006 involved the running over of an employee by a forklift. The employee was killed but the factory managers hid incriminating evidence and misled the regulators about the circumstances of the accident. The other was the investigation of a 8.5 mile oil slick on the Delaware River. The factory managers conspired to hide evidence regarding the slick and gave false statements to the environment regulators that wanted to investigate the slick.
2) Was McWane's response appropriate?
No, McWane's response was not appropriate to the efforts of the OSHA regulators or to the efforts of the environmental investigators. The company managers could have cooperated with the efforts of the investigators helped ...

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