Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Do You Think We are Overregulated? Read on...

Talked to a business owner today. She tells me MI-OSHA stopped by to inspect her business. She was assessed a fine because her EXIT sign on the back door was "too high." Seems the inspector was concerned that if there was a fire and people had to crawl along the floor, they would need to see the sign at their level. The fine was $2,000, but she was told it would be lowered to $200 if she signed a statement saying she would not complain.

2 comments:

oldsalt said...

Extortion is such an ugly word... but entirely appropriate.

Russ & Christy said...

Seems to me that a sign height requirement should be based on an established industry standard and should be enforced. If MI-OSHA requires exit signs to be lower, I haven't heard of it in the 2 businesses I am involved with. Sounds like there may be rogue agents out there. Ask for documentation supporting the rulings made by inspectors.