On Aug. 2, 2016, OSHA fines increased, but critics ask: Does this higher fine actually increase safety?
Business leaders in a safety sensitive sector like the valve industry understand the need to be safe and profitable under any circumstances. It is not an “either or” choice. Disaster lies ahead if we allow production concerns to justify cutting safety corners. Consider that perhaps the safest manufacturing company is one that is shut down. On the other hand, if a company simply cranks out product without regard to maintenance, testing, engineering and quality assurance, it is doubtful the company would remain in business very long due to actual or perceived problems with safety. A healthy safety culture that empowers employees is the most certain way to ensure that safety, production and quality are in harmony.