A November Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation found that the number-one seller of auto belays violated federal law when it terminated an employee for insubordination after the worker reported safety concerns about a product being manufactured by the company.
OSHA has ordered TruBlue, LLC, doing business as Head Rush Technologies, to pay the former employee more than $125,000 in back wages and damages, and take other corrective actions. The ruling found that the Boulder-based company retaliated against the employee in violation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act after the worker suggested to the company’s CEO that more safety research should be conducted on zip-line equipment.
Head Rush develops and manufactures products used for climbing, zip-line, free-fall and other recreational activities.
“An employee should feel and be free to exercise their rights under the law – especially when it comes to safety – without fear of retaliation by their employer,” said Gregory Baxter, regional OSHA administrator in Denver. “Our investigation and action on behalf of this worker underscores the agency’s commitment to take vigorous action to protect workers’ rights at Head Rush and elsewhere.”
Greg Doyle, Director of Operations for Head Rush, told CBJ that because of confidentiality provisions within the settlement agreement Head Rush is not able to discuss details of the case. He did say they are committed to a culture of safety. “I can assure you that Head Rush Technologies primary focus always has, and always will be on the safety of our devices,” he said.