The “Dirty Dozen” Companies Prospective Employees Should Avoid  

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Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers discuss dangerous companies that prospective employees may want to avoid. If you are in the process of looking for a new job, it is always recommended that you do your research, to learn as much as possible about the companies where you will be interviewing.

Unfortunately, not all companies provide the safe work environment that you would, and should, expect from an employer. Each year, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) puts together a list of the companies whose unsafe practices put their employees at risk of injuries and other bad working environments every day.

While this is not a list that any employer wants to be on, many on the list have failed to make the appropriate changes and learn from their mistakes.

Workplace Deaths Increase

The National COSH found that the number of workplace deaths have increased by 12 percent between 2012 and 2016. Many of these fatalities could have been prevented, if the employers had taken appropriate action when warned about the unsafe conditions.

The following are the “Dirty Dozen,” or the 12 most dangerous companies to work for in 2018:

  • Amazon: Since 2013, seven workers were fatally injured while working at an Amazon warehouse, including three workers who were killed within five weeks of each other at three different locations in 2017.
  • Case Farms: This North Carolina farm had 74 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations per 1,000 employees. No other poultry farms have had as many violations.
  • Dine Brands Local (IHOP and Applebee’s): This restaurant company had over 60 documented complaints about groping, threats of violence, and other forms of sexual harassment and abuse.
  • JK Excavating: One worker was buried alive when a trench collapsed, and OSHA cited the company three previous times for failure to provide a safe work environment.
  • Lowe’s: There were 56 fatalities caused by exposure to methylene chloride that is found in paint strippers. This product is still sold in the store, despite the known hazard and worker complaints.
  • Lynnway Auto Auction: Located in Billerica, MA, five employees died as a result of vehicle safety hazards.
  • New York and Atlantic Railway: This company is on the list because of the incidence of injuries like amputations, brain injuries and impaired vision. In addition, immigrants have been discriminated against, and do not always receive the proper training or safety equipment.
  • Patterson UTI Energy: Over the past ten years, this company has had 110 OSHA violations and 13 worker fatalities.
  • Sarbanand Farms: This Washington state farm made the list for poor treatment of workers. After a worker died following complaint of a headache, 70 co-workers went on strike to protest the hazardous work conditions. They were fired and evicted from their housing.
  • Tesla: The car company’s serious injuries are 83 percent higher than the industry average. While the company claims to have made improvements, CAL/OSHA is investigating reports that the company did not report serious injuries.
  • Verla International: The company’s failure to safely handle hazardous chemicals lead to an explosion that killed one employee. According to a safety consultant, the fire was preventable.
  • Waste Management: A worker was killed after the company failed to properly lockout/tagout machinery.

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If you have been injured at work because of an unsafe work environment, the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton can help. We will ensure that your legal rights are protected at all times and secure the maximum financial benefits you may be entitled to. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.