Attention employers everywhere, especially in Texas, in the mushroom industry, or in Florida, in toilet paper manufacturing: there’s a new tool collecting data on where the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may be headed next.
In late December, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC launched its interactive “OSHA Tracker,” which allows users anywhere to search and filter OSHA data to identify new issues and enforcement trends.
The company says the tool compiles comprehensive OSHA inspection, citation and penalty data and allows employers to create custom searches and filter by OSHA region, state, industry or date.
And according to a recent law firm blog post, there are “surprising and valuable OSHA statistics for the sunshine states of Florida, Texas and California.”;
“When one imagines scandalous workplace safety issues, mushroom production may not be the first industry that comes to mind,” the company says. “However, mushroom production is the top industry with average OSHA penalties in Texas. Florida’s top industry with OSHA penalties is the production of ‘toilet preparations.’
The tool also found that California’s top industry with OSHA penalties is the manufacturing of office supplies, which does not include paper.