No company should be allowed to place profits above the safety of its workers. Recently, Progressive Gourmet Inc., a wholesale food manufacturer with a facility in Wilmington, Massachusetts, was issued a number of violations following an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Reportedly, the investigation was prompted by a number of complaints the agency received from employees. These employees may have been concerned about suffering a work related injury due to the unsafe conditions of the plant.
Some professions are inherently more hazardous. Firefighters, construction workers, those in the fishing industry and farmers are among the more hazardous professions. Industry regulations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, are intended to monitor existing safety regulations and help to implement new ones as the situation warrants.