A willful violation as defined by OSHA is a violation in which the employer either knowingly failed to comply with a legal requirement or acted with plain indifference to employee safety. An example of such a violation is from a Jacksonville, Fla. Company, Wire Mesh Sales LLC in August 2013.
OSHA issued the citation for eight per-instance willful violations, as well as other violations, during the investigation of the death of a 32-year old employee who was fatally wounded after being hit by machinery when entering the ‘danger zone.’ The company was cited for not properly guarding four machines and not properly locking-out/tagging-out the four machines prior to being serviced. The estimated total of penalties for the violations is $697,700.
It is an employer’s responsibility to provide a work environment free of hazards that could cause serious injury or death and OSHA’s mission to assure working conditions are safe and healthful.
Read OSHA’s News Release “Florida Manufacturer Cited for Willful Violations Following Fatality.”