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OSHA’s Wall of Shame: Agency Targets ‘Severe Violators’(0)

December 19, 2016

With limited staff, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) relies heavily on its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, a broad workplace safety program which currently has more than 500 businesses are on its list of bad actors. They include corporate giants such as DuPont and International Paper, each with tens of thousands of employees, as well as more than 300 construction firms. The effort faces an uncertain future under the Trump administration.

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Big Companies in Legal Scrapes Turn to Science-for-Hire Giant Exponent

Exponent, Inc. is a publicly traded giant in litigation defense and regulatory science with more than $300 million in annual revenues, offices in 20 U.S. cities and five foreign countries, and about 1,000 employees. It’s a go-to destination for major industries with liability problems–even as it is derided by critics as a hired gun whose findings are for sale.

Drug Companies Pay Up in Illegal Marketing Cases, But Are Penalties Enough?

Big Pharma has written more than $30 billion in checks in the last 10 years to resolve government allegations of illegal marketing, according to consumer watchdog group Public Citizen. Yet those sums are essentially petty cash for the drug giants, says Public Citizen, amounting to less than 5 percent of the net profits raked in by the 11 largest global pharmaceuticals firms over a similar period.

For Big Railroads, a Carload of Whistleblower Complaints

Big railroads are often targeted by complaints of illegal retaliation against whistleblowers who disclose safety hazards or report on-the-job injuries. A recent $1.25 million damage award to a former BNSF Railway Co. employee spotlights what critics say is the unjust punishment sometimes meted out to railroad workers who report injuries or safety problems.


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