The owner of a California agriculture company and his daughter were each sentenced to 10 years and ordered to pay more than $2.5 million in restitution after pleading no contest to six felony counts of workers’ comp insurance each. Felipe Saurez Barocio, owner of Agriculture Services Inc., and his daughter Angelita Barocio-Negrete were sentenced to […]
A Colorado grain elevator company is scheduled to plead guilty and be sentenced Aug. 5 in connection with the death of a 17-year-old worker who was buried alive in a grain bin in 2009.
A construction company faces criminal charges in connection with an employee’s death due to a trench collapse.
An OSHA fine isn’t always the only penalty a company can expect from the government when it experiences a workplace fatality.
OSHA has the option to refer cases involving fatalities for criminal prosecution. In this case, criminal prosecution has resulted in a large financial settlement.
What makes OSHA go directly after company owners and executives? Lying to the agency is definitely one reason.
A jury has found a construction foreman guilty of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment in connection with a worker’s death in a trench collapse.
You’ve probably heard this many times: It’s not enough to have a safety policy – you have to enforce it. Now, a federal appeals court has acknowledged that in a recent ruling.
While it’s still rare, we’ve been hearing for a while now that OSHA is stepping up its efforts to refer some fatality cases for criminal prosecution. Now one law enforcement agency is joining the effort.
An engine cooling manufacturing company has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) following a fatality last year and previous serious injuries to workers. The company now also owes OSHA $210,000.
Authorities are investigating a gruesome fatality involving a teenager working at a restaurant.
A carpenter was buried up to the top of his head in the collapse of a 12-foot ditch. The situation was so dangerous that rescuers couldn’t remove his body until two days later.
A grand jury in New Hampshire has handed up indictments of the former owner of a gunpowder manufacturing plant in the deaths of two workers.
Two workers who quit Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine in the months just before the explosion that killed 29 miners say they did so because they thought it was going to blow up.
It’s still relatively rare for safety infractions to result in criminal charges. The exception often involves making false statements to the government, as is the case here.
Backed by more solid majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats have reintroduced the Protecting America’s Workers Act which aims to expand OSHA’s reach and increase the penalties it can issue for safety and health violations.
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