OSHA’s “Other-Than-Serious” Citations Can Result in Repeats

As I tell my clients, resolving your OSHA citations by accepting an Other-Than-Serious may lower your exposure to a high penalty Repeat in the future – but you’re not out of the woods completely. For example, in 2012 the Walmart Supercenter in Rochester, NY received three (3) Repeat citations based solely on previous Other-Than-Serious citations from far away locations: 1- Rincon, GA and 2- Festus, MO. See OSHA Inspection No. 315502476. Therefore, if you have a reasonable basis to defend against an Other-Than-Serious citation, consider the chances of receiving a Repeat citation for similar hazards within the next five (5) years. The “Repeat” characterization could cause you to lose a bid for work, or perhaps ban you from working in certain localities (see previous blog Your OSHA Citation May Bar You from Working in Boston[1]). Feel free to contact me if you have any further thoughts, questions or concerns.

About the Author: James F. Laboe[2] 

Endnotes:
  1. Your OSHA Citation May Bar You from Working in Boston: https://orr-reno.com/your-osha-citation-may-bar-you-from-working-in-boston/
  2. James F. Laboe: https://orr-reno.com/our-people/james-f-laboe/

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