In many cases, when a company is cited for safety violations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publicly announces the company's name along with a list of alleged violations. This generally occurs before the company has a chance to officially respond to the citations or contest any proposed penalties. That was the case recently in Lubbock.
OSHA cited a recycling company for two dozen violations, 20 of which were said to be serious. OSHA regards a violation as serious if it poses a substantial risk of serious injury or death. Serious violations are categorized as such if OSHA deems that the employer should have known about the hazard.