OSHA, an arm of the Department of Labor, is entrusted with protecting employee safety and has recently come under fire for failing to protect workers against long term exposure to dangerous materials, chemicals, and manufacturing processes.
OSHA, however, is very well set up to inspect and fine companies for more routine, established risks such as fall safety, electrical hazards, and vision protection.
One local business, Phoenix Electric Mfg. Co., has discovered, the hard way, that OSHA is very good at inspecting heavy machinery to determine whether they might pose a risk to employees. OSHA inspections are a big danger to businesses, but with the proper legal counsel, they can pose a greatly diminished threat.
The situation that Phoenix faces illustrates this point well.