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Unformatted text preview: b was punished with a fine of just a few hundred dollars. At a
gathering of meat company executives in October of 1987, OSHA’s safety director, Barry White, promised to change federal safety standards
that “appear amazingly stupid to you or overburdening or just not useful.” According to an account of the meeting later published in the
Chicago Tribune, the safety director at OSHA — the federal official most responsible for protecting the lives of meatpacking workers —
acknowledged his own lack of qualification for the job. “I know very well that you know more about safety and health in the meat industry
than I do,” White told the executives. “And you know more about safety and health in the meat industry than any single employee at OSHA.”
OSHA’s voluntary compliance policy did indeed reduce the number of recorded injuries in meatpacking plants. It did not, however, reduce
the number of people getting hurt. It merely encouraged companies, in the words of a subsequent congressional investigation, “to understate
injuries, to falsify records, and to cover up acciden...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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