These companies faced the biggest penalties for hazardous workplace conditions.
In 1970, Congress formed the Occupational Health and Safety Administration in order to "assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women." Part of the agency's mission is to penalize businesses that violate regulations meant to protect workers. Unfortunately, many companies have fallen afoul of these regulations and faced numerous critical health violations, sometimes incurring severe consequences.
FindTheCompany, a corporate data site by Graphiq, used the most recent (2016) data from OSHA to compile a list that shows the highest penalties assessed for a single inspection of a company. FindTheCompany examined OSHA records categorized as "health inspections" to identify which businesses have received the biggest penalties for the most hazardous workplace conditions. Companies are ranked by the total financial penalty assigned by OSHA.
FindTheCompany's methodology considers the most serious health violations to be those that incurred the largest financial penalties after an inspection. In the case of a tie, the company with the greatest number of citations is ranked higher.