Target: Occupational Health and Safety Administration
Goal: Properly cite and fine U.S. Steel for fatal gas explosion.
In 2009, a gas leak in the Clairton plant of U.S. Steel caused an explosion, which killed contractor Nicholas Revetta. However, U.S. Steel faced no punishment for this fatal accident. The company was not given a citation of any kind and was not fined. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has allowed the company which caused the death of this man to escape any consequences.
OSHA did investigate this incident, but the investigation was not thorough. The inspector assigned to this investigation, Michael Laughlin, was rushed through the process. When he asked for more time, he was told instead to relax and use the weekend to ‘go out and hit some [golf] balls.’ Laughlin’s hesitance to end the investigation clearly shows that the results it gave were not final. U.S. Steel’s blatant disregard for safety and lack of consequences for causing Revetta’s death have made some worry that there will be more deaths at U.S. Steel plants.
OSHA has an obligation to keep workers safe by making sure employers follow regulations. The lack of action against U.S. Steel proves that the administration is failing in this obligation. If OSHA continues to let large companies avoid providing a safe environment for their employees, there may be many more fatal accidents.
Dear Occupational Health and Safety Administration,
A fatal explosion at a U.S. Steel plant has caused no consequences for the company. You failed to give a citation or fine to U.S. Steel despite the unsafe working conditions causing the death of a contractor. The investigation of the accident was not done thoroughly, and this allowed the company to escape punishment for this accident.
I ask you to cite and fine U.S. Steel for not providing a safe work environment. The company’s blatant disregard for employee safety caused a death, and if this continues, there may be more fatal accidents. U.S. Steel should not get away with this when a thorough investigation would have found them at fault.
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