Safety audits now fair game for OSHA inspectors

By: June 20th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

OSHA investigators can subpoena a company’s safety audits, even those prepared by third party consultants and insurance carriers, according to a June 13 analysis by insurancenewsnet.com.

The analysis cites a district court ruling last month in Solis v. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company where the insurer of a grain elevator company was ordered to provide safety-related documents and testimony involving an accident where two teenagers were killed and another worker seriously injured, according to insurancenewsnet.com.

While voluntary and self-audits will not be routinely requested by OSHA inspectors, the ruling shows that those types of documents can wind up in OSHA’s hands, the analysis concludes.

 

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