The failures of an employer to provide staff with safe working conditions can lead to tragic accidents. Many of those tragedies can result in worker fatalities that drastically impact the family and friends of victims. The loved ones of Edward Lamar Bryant, 53, and Leo Bridges, 61, were forced with contending with the reality of losing their friends, fathers and brothers following an explosion at a U.S. Steel facility that resulted in their deaths in 2014.
Following an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Steel was found guilty of resorting to shortcuts that compromised the workplace safety of the two deceased workers. The tragedy highlights the necessity for employers to provide staff with accident prevention programs, personal protective equipment and behavior based safety training that can mitigate the impact of these disasters.
U.S. Steel issued a response to citations assessed by OSHA exceeding $100,000.
"U. S. Steel has a long-standing commitment to the safety and health of the men and women who work for our company," the release stated. "Safety is a primary core value and something we take very seriously. We have worked cooperatively with OSHA and the United Steelworkers throughout the investigation and will continue to work with them going forward."
Since 2009, U.S. Steel has been inspected by OSHA 14 times. Citations for amputations hazards, flammable liquid exposure and other safety risks have been the concern of the agency in the past.
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