Infographic of the Day: OSHA - The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly

March 19th, 2013
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Depending to whom you speak with about OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) you will get 2 distinctly different sets of opinions. One is that it is a wasteful regulatory nightmare full of rules that have done nothing to actually save lives in the workplace. The other side of this argument is that OSHA actually reduces workplace injuries, saves lives and saves on workers compensation costs. Who is right?

A few years ago a new company made up of 5 employes had to, at great cost, install a second bathroom to the single one existing for possible females visitations. They also had to add a extensive system ramp for wheelchair bound folks so as to be able to navigate to the floor level of the building. This building was built on a elevated platform that originally designed for flatbed trailer loading and unloading.

Follow up:

10 years later when they relocated, not one female or disabled person ever visited this site. It was realized at the conception there would NEVER be any need for the disabled or females to set foot on the premises because of the nature of the business. But the laws are the laws where one law sets the standard for everybody and everything; now that is plain stupid, actually that is big government at work.

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