Most people would assume the world’s biggest companies are also among the safest. But this is far from the case. Earlier this week, some of the biggest names in the world of business were flagged as the least safe workplaces in America.
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) recently released, “The Dirty Dozen” employers of 2018. This dubious list reveals the 12 least safe companies to work for, based on their relative number of workplace injuries or reported harassment incidents.
This data reveals some of the world’s most trusted household names are also the least safe companies to work for; with Tesla, Amazon and Lowe’s making the list.
“Companies large and small, have challenges building and maintaining safe work cultures alongside their growth in operations and commercial success. Growth is great for jobs, but we must build and improve the safety cultures along the way to ensure those new jobs are safe ones,” said Adrian Bartha, Chief Executive Officer of eCompliance.
The Dirty Dozen: Revealed
According to National COSH, the 12 most dangerous employers are:
- Amazon: Three workers died within five weeks, at three separate locations in 2017
- Lowe’s Home Improvement: The Big Box store has been linked to 56 U.S. deaths from exposure to paint strippers containing methylene chloride.
- Tesla Motors: OSHA is currently investigating allegations that Tesla failed to report serious injuries. Also, their recordable injuries numbers are 31% higher than the industry average and their serious injuries rate is a staggering 83% higher.
- Dine Brands Global, Inc. (owners of IHOP and Applebee’s): The mega-restaurant chain company is facing 60 complaints about sexual harassment and/or abuse in the workplace.
- Waste Management Company: They have failed to lockout/tagout machinery during repairs.
- Case Farms: They have 74 OSHA violations per 1,000 employees – more than four times higher than any other poultry company.
- JK Excavating Mason: An employee was buried alive in December 2017, while JK has been cited 3 times by OSHA for failure to protect workers from trench collapse.
- Lynnway Auto Auction: 5 workers died in a preventable auto crash. That included a 37-year-old mother on her first day on the job.
- New York and Atlantic Railway: They’re dealing with a myriad of issues including eye/brain injuries, in addition to immigrant workers facing racial slurs, discrimination, and a lack of proper safety training or equipment.
- Patterson UTI Energy: They have seen 110 OSHA violations and 13 workers die on the job over the last decade.
- Sarbanand Farms: They saw 70 workers go on strike to protest unsafe conditions. Those workers were fired, then evicted from company housing.
- Verla International: An “easily preventable” explosion killed a worker at their cosmetics plant.
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