FALSIFYING SAFETY REPORTS DOES NOT PAY

A Tennessee Valley Authority contractor recently agreed to pay $6.2 million to settle charges it falsified safety records and failed to maintain required safety logs. The contractor’s actions (or lack of action) was apparently driven by its effort to earn safety related performance-based fees under its $1 billion contract with the TVA. In addition to the settlement payment, the contractor was also required to enter into a two year agreement imposing corporate integrity and monitoring standards meant to demonstrate the contractor’s compliance with TVA policies and directives related to the agreement. Investigation of the individuals involved in falsifying the safety reports is ongoing.

Steven K. Metcalf