When you think about people faking injuries in workers’ compensation cases, typically it’s a worker trying to take advantage of the system, right? However, as recent fraud charges demonstrate, sometimes business owners are accused of faking injuries, too. Byung Sung Kang, the owner of Century Cleaners, an Olympia, Washington-based dry cleaning business, is facing one count […]
Federal officials have charged the owner of an asphalt plant with violation of a safety standard causing the death of an employee. If convicted, the owner could go to jail.
Here’s an update of a story we’ve been following. The owner and a manager of a printing company have pleaded guilty to criminal charges in connection with the death of a 26-year-old pregnant employee who was crushed by a machine. The owner faces time in prison.
The owner of several janitorial companies was arraigned on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly underreporting employee wages to reduce workers’ compensation insurance premiums by more than $2.5 million. Almirante Perez, owner of four California-based janitorial services companies – Capital Janitorial Services, Cal Best Service Group Inc., Southern Pacific Janitorial Group and United […]
A California restaurant owner pleaded guilty Oct. 8 to multiple felony charges related to a workers’ comp insurance scheme involving failure to report $4.5 million in wages to insurance carriers. The owner has to repay more than $2 million in restitution and may be sentenced to 16 months in prison in accordance with the terms of […]
When investigations into workplace deaths find particularly egregious safety failures, the penalties won’t stop with fines from OSHA. These cases can be forwarded to prosecutors for criminal charges. That’s what happened in this California fatality.
The owners of a Minnesota drywall company were sentenced Nov. 23 for a $300,000 workers’ compensation insurance fraud scheme. LeRoy and Joyce Mehr, owners of Merit Drywall, were sentenced to 180 days of electronic home monitoring and have to complete 30 days of community service. Both were also fined $30,000 and must repay their insurance […]
OSHA has been referring more cases for criminal prosecution. Three recent cases show what types of charges that owners, managers and companies face.
Increasingly, officials are seeking criminal charges against business owners and managers in connection with workplace fatalities. Now, two men face up to 15 years in prison in connection with a crane collapse in New York City.
Sources have told a newspaper that federal authorities are interviewing current and former Massey Energy employees as part of a “sprawling criminal investigation” into the April 5 fatal explosion in the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia.
It’s almost one year since the oil well explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers and caused the biggest offshore spill in U.S. history. A recent news report says the federal government is consolidating its efforts to bring criminal charges against the company and perhaps some of its managers.
A report from a U.S. Senator’s office says OSHA is unable to hold corporate executives personally accountable for safety disasters because of a lack of legal tools at the government’s disposal. The report encourages changes to hold company executives more accountable.
A federal grand jury has indicted two managers, alleging they lied and threatened employees during an OSHA investigation into an employee’s death.
A former safety manager, an operations director and Bumble Bee Foods LLC all face criminal charges in connection with the 2012 death of an employee inside an industrial oven.
The year in occupational safety; a new series of articles on threats to workers; rating insect repellants as West Nile Virus continues to top the news; a fraud prevention and compliance blog; and a huge product recall for exploding toilets. It’s all in this week’s Safety News Summary.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has filed criminal charges against a college professor who supervised a UCLA lab where a staff research assistant was killed in a fire three years ago. The University of California also faces millions of dollars in criminal fines in the case.
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