In some sectors of the economy, accidents frequently occur and employees are put at risk. Fortunately, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration exists to protect workers in the U.S. and penalize corporations when they put their workforce in danger. OSHA’s mission is to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”
Still, OSHA cannot prevent every accident — explosions and falling equipment, along with freak accidents, cause fatalities annually. FindTheCompany, a corporate data site by Graphiq, found the companies with the most serious safety violations using data from OSHA’s safety inspection records. The data experts at FindTheCompany calculated the total financial penalty for a given inspection to determine the severity of the company’s violations. In the case of ties, the company with the greater number of citations is ranked higher. For context, Find The Company also included the total number of citations associated with each violation.
British oil giant BP is a repeat offender, receiving heavy penalties on numerous occasions. Because OSHA’s jurisdiction does not extend to offshore oil rigs, this list does not even include BP’s $4.5 billion settlement resulting from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy which killed 11 people in 2010. Other than oil companies, construction corporations and large factories producing aluminum, steel, automobiles and wheat have committed expensive safety violations.