Cheat the workers’ comp system once, you could get fined. Cheat is a second time, you could go to jail. That’s the lesson a business owner in Washington is learning.
Criminal prosecution of companies where safety violations cause serious injuries or fatalities are rare in the U.S. With that in mind, it’s interesting to note how such cases are handled in another democracy.
The federal government says it will step up use of a variety of laws to bring more criminal charges for OSHA violations, particularly those with fatalities and where there was a willful violation.
A former plant manager has pleaded guilty to federal charges and could face up to three years in prison in connection to giving a falsified document to an OSHA inspector. Rean Brooks, former manager at Texas Packing Company, a meat packing plant in San Angelo, Texas, pleaded guilty to concealing knowledge of a felony. The […]
A federal court has ruled manslaughter charges should be dropped against two former BP managers for their roles in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers.
In a recent speech, OSHA administrator David Michaels acknowledged that his agency is under attack as part of the debate on the role of government.
Should the federal government use a plea agreement reached in connection with a Colorado worker’s death as a template for similar cases involving fatalities?
“Sixteen workers are killed a day in the United States because of reckless negligence on the part of their employers,” according to a new Web site.
“The Administration and many of its allies really do want to put employers in jail.” That’s according to a prominent attorney specializing in workplace safety compliance.
Sure, the fines against BP for the Deepwater Horizon explosion may be some of the largest ever in U.S. history. But isn’t the bigger headline the criminal charges against four BP employees? Some are saying this is a significant shift in government policy.
A U.S. Attorney has said there’s insufficient evidence to seek criminal charges against Imperial Sugar or its executives in connection with the 2008 explosion that killed 14 workers and hospitalized 40 more. The case shows just how difficult it is to bring these sort of charges under current U.S. laws.
OSHA has begun to refer more cases to the Justice Department for investigation and possible criminal charges, according to two labor and employment lawyers based in Washington DC.
The architect of the strategy to get bigger penalties by prosecuting safety violations under environmental laws says it’s time to overhaul OSHA legislation for the first time in almost 40 years.
This updated document is for OSHA inspectors, but it can provide a lot of info to businesses, too.
A construction company faces $789,000 in fines and its owner could spend up to six months in jail following a worker fatality.
First Samuel Morgan was partially buried in the collapse of a seven-foot deep trench. Then he was mangled by construction equipment in a botched rescue attempt. Now his employer faces $560,000 in safety fines.
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