The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) has released their annual “Dirty Dozen” list, highlighting companies who put employee safety at risk.
Four trucking industry companies made the list this year. Two of these are trucking companies, the third is a company that cleans out tankers, and the fourth is a waste management service with a subsidiary transportation fleet. In 2015, 745 truck drivers lost their lives on the job, making trucking the most dangerous occupation in the U.S., according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor.
COSH notes that workplace deaths have fallen since 1970 but that they are on the rise in the past two years.
Four “Dirty Dozen 2017” Trucking Industry Companies
TransAm Trucking Olathe, Kansas: “Frozen Trucker” fired for protecting his own safety; company wages seven-year court battle; Worker wins $280K in back pay.
California Cartage Long Beach, California: Death of a driver; serious violations in GA and CA; lack of machine safeguards, faulty brakes and other hazards.
Dedicated TCS Lansing, Illinois: Worker died inside a confined space; company cited three times for similar violations; $226,000 in OSHA fines.
Environmental Enterprises, Inc. Spring Grove, Ohio: Worker killed in a chemical explosion; OSHA describes a “complete disregard for employee’s safety”; indictment for involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide.
Rounding out the “Dirty Dozen” list are:
Atlantic Drain Services Roslindale, Massachusetts
Fuyao Glass America Dayton, Ohio
Dollar General Goodlettsville, Tennessee
Nissan USA Franklin, Tennessee
Pilgrim’s Pride Greeley, Colorado
Samsung Seoul, South Korea
Valley Garlic Coalinga, California & X-Treme AG Kerman, California