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TUI University
Cassie Brown
Course # MGT 412
Module 5: Labor Relations (Unions), Wage Hours, OSHA

February 27, 2011

In this module, my case assignment was to analyze the McWane Corporation and explore Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) involvement with the McWane case. The labor union played a minor role at the McWane Corporation. OSHA and the labor union together brought about changes in at McWane Corporation. Every organizations top priority should be safety; however there are many organizations that have had similar safety issues as the McWane Corporation. My SLP organization, Starbucks recognizes safety as a top priority and the McWane Corporation could use a lesson from them.

The McWane Corporation is a major industry that consists of several plants and they have had numerous safety issues. The McWane Corporation operates all around the world; their major plants include: pipe facilities, hydrant facilities, soil pipe and utility fitting facilities, tank manufacturing facilities, and fire extinguisher facilities. The McWane Corporation employs several individuals so workplace safety should be one of their top priorities. Instead, over 4, 0000 McWane employees were injured in their plants from 1995 to 2003. The McWane Corporation has a known reputation for his horrific safety incidents that have occurred in their facilities.

Several of their facilities have had major safety mishaps to include death and along with those are the legal cases. According to “Frontline”, many of these safety mishaps were due to unguarded moving conveyors; these conveyors caused the injuries of several employees in McWane’s Tyler Pipe Company and its Union facility. At McWane’s Kennedy Valve, an employer died because he disposed of highly toxic paint in an oven which caused an explosion; the employer was directed to do this by his managers. In McWane’s Atlantic States Cast Iron Company, four managers were convicted for violating environmental and worker safety laws. In 2006, its New Jersey facility was found guilty and the managers were sentenced for dumping oil in the Delaware River. In many cases the McWane facilities were fined and found guilty. All of the cases against McWane, clearly identify that there were some major safety issues going on. These safety accidents were due to most of the facilities either not having a safety program or not properly conducting the program. Many of the McWane facilities had to go through numerous mishaps investigations due to employee injuries and deaths; it was evident that the McWane Corporation had little to no regard for employee safety, and was in need of guidance and direction from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for encouraging employers and employees to reduce workplace hazards. They encourage implementation of safety and health programs, and they evaluate the workplace existing programs. They track all job related mishaps. They are also responsible for the development of mandatory job safety and health standards; they continuously review and update standards in order to adjust to technology. If an organization is not operating under these standards it is OSHA’s responsibility to conduct the inspection, and hold them accountable for the findings. Under the President Obama administration OSHA has also taken on bigger role with small business owners. Safety is important in all organizations, large or small. OSHA played a major role in the McWane Case to help improve employee work conditions.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration had to get involved with the McWane Corporation in order to ensure workplace safety for employees. McWane’s Tyler Pipe Company had a known reputation for its violation of safety rules, as a result an inspector from OSHA found some horrific findings upon its safety investigation. During this...
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