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Johnson Controls fined $70k by OSHA for Safety Violations

Johnson Controls fined $70k by OSHA for Safety Violations
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created by the Congress of the United States under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, on December 29, 1970. Its goal is to prevent work-related injuries and occupational fatalities by enforcing and issuing rules and regulations for workplace health and safety.

Recently, another company has come under the wrath of OSHA. This time, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, slapped Johnson Controls Inc. with a total fine of $70,000. According to the OSHA inspectors, employees were made to work on the rooftops of the Toledo, Ohio, facility, without any sort of fall protection.

This penalty was brought to light during the June 2010 inspection. It was here that the OSHA inspectors found out that the employees were not utilizing the mandatory fall protection, while working on the rooftop of the Key bank building. Whats startling is that this very building was nearly forty feet off the ground. However, this is all too familiar for Johnson Controls, for it has received numerous citations in the past.

Johnson Controls Inc. is definitely not a small company, for it employs nearly 130,000 employees around the globe. Over the years OSHA has inspected this very company, nearly thirty two times throughout the United States.

Johnson Controls need to act fast, for the company has just fifteen days to comply with its citations and penalties. Furthermore, the company can either contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission or request for an informal conference with OSHA's area director.